Tooth Whitening Questions
How much can tooth whitening really lighten my teeth?
In most cases we can lighten your teeth up to 8 shades in one in-office treatment, and sometimes more. You can decide how light you want to go, but keep in mind that there is a genetic element in how white a person’s teeth can become and you may have a limit. Conversely, some people are surprised that their teeth become whiter than they had hoped for.
What is the difference between your in-office and take-home treatments?
Our in-office tooth whitening treatment can give you dramatic results, very quickly. Our take-home kits produce more gradual results, but are a very convenient option.
Is tooth whitening painful?
No, tooth whitening is non-invasive and painless. In fact, virtually everything offered by a modern cosmetic dentist is painless, since dental technology and techniques have developed so much over recent years.
Will tooth whitening damage my teeth?
No. Tooth whitening is safe and will not weaken or damage your teeth or tooth enamel. You may have heard tooth whitening referred to as “bleaching” and that word might sound a bit alarming. But we offer a choice of whitening gel strengths, so you can have a gentler treatment, or a more rigorous one. The whitening gel uses hydrogen peroxide, which is safe for your teeth.
Why should I use your take-home kits when I can buy one at the store?
The kits that you buy over the counter are a one-size-fits-all set up, with trays which typically will not match the contours of your teeth. Our customized trays will give your teeth close and consistent coverage, for beautiful results. Also, the store-bought whitening gel is weaker than what a qualified dentist can offer you.
Will whitening lighten my fillings?
No. Tooth whitening only whitens your tooth enamel. Fillings and crowns are unaffected.
Does tooth whitening work for everyone?
No. Some teeth are resistant to whitening. This is due to staining that is too deeply inside the tooth. This type of staining usually occurs as the child’s teeth are developing, and can be caused by:
- Excessive fluoride
- Tetracycline use
- Dental trauma
In most cases, before trying the procedure, cosmetic dentist Dr. Quigless can recognize staining which will not respond to whitening. If that is the case for you, porcelain veneers can cover the discoloration and you can still have white, beautiful teeth.
Is tooth whitening permanent?
That depends on your diet and your daily dental hygiene. Smoking and strongly pigmented foods and beverages can stain and discolor your teeth. You can use your left-over take-home kit supplies for later touch-ups, or contact us for more gel. Also, be sure and come for your regular check-ups and professional cleaning, as they will help keep your smile bright.
If your teeth are dull or discolored, we can help. Please, call our tooth whitening expert today, to schedule your free tooth whitening consultation. Dr. Quigless and his staff will explain your options in depth. You can have white, bright teeth in just one treatment.
8083 Manchester Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63144