Our teeth whitening treatment can give you the brilliant, dazzling smile you’ve always wanted. Teeth whitening from a dentist can be either in-office or given as a take-home kit. Our whitening treatment is completely safe and will effectively brighten your smile.
Should I Have my Teeth Whitened?
Let’s find out! Are you…
- Expecting a dental crown or veneer?
- Preparing for an important event?
- Quitting tobacco use?
- Not seeing results from whitening strips and toothpastes?
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Frequently Asked Questions
Learn the facts before you arrive. Here are some of our most frequently asked questions and answers. If you have any further questions feel free to call and ask at (619) 276-6884.
Are There Any Side Effects Of Teeth Whitening?
Yes, tooth sensitivity can sometime occur if the bleaching gel reaches the soft dentin in your teeth. This can be caused by an overuse of teeth whiteners or deteriorated enamel. The pain is commonly temporary and can be treated using tooth sensitive toothpaste before and after your treatment.
If you’re unsure or worried about your tooth sensitivity, be sure to bring that up with Dr. Libby.
Should I Have My Teeth Whitened?
There are many reasons why someone should have their teeth whitened, however, there are a few causes of teeth discoloration that bleaching cannot remove. Here are a few reasons why someone might want to whiten their teeth.
Are you planning on getting a dental cap, veneer, crown, or filling?
If you’re expecting to receive any of these dental repairs then perhaps teeth whitening could benefit you. These types of repairs do not change color and are made to match the tone of your teeth as they appear. By having your teeth whitened before, your repairs would appear brighter along with the rest of your smile!
Are you self-conscious about the color of teeth?
If you’re preparing for an important event such as a wedding, graduation, or family pictures, then perhaps it’s time to whiten your teeth. A picture can last a lifetime, so if you are worried about the tone of your teeth, we can give you a brighter smile in a single office visit!
Are you quitting tobacco?
If you have recently quit smoking or want to quit, perhaps whitening your smile can be a healthy reward. The black tar and yellowish nicotine found within tobacco products can quickly darken and yellow your teeth. Schedule a visit with us, and you can have your teeth whitened in a single office visit!
Are you not seeing results from whitening strips and toothpastes?
These over-the-counter options are significantly less concentrated than our take-home or chairside whitening options and oftentimes will only remove surface stains. By coming into our office, we can offer quick and easy ADA-approved teeth whitening!
Will Dental Bleach Work For Any Type Of Teeth?
Simply put, no. It is important to talk with Dr. Libby before deciding to whiten your teeth because some of our methods are not meant for any teeth.
Brown and gray teeth do not respond to whitening in the way that yellowing teeth do. Discoloration also caused by medicine or injury are not solved by whitening. Schedule a visit with Libby Dental to find out if teeth whitening will be a good fit for you.
How Did My Teeth Change Color?
There are many ways in which a person’s teeth can become discolored. Here are a few of the most common culprits.
Food and drink containing intense pigments contain chromogens that can attach to the enamel of your teeth, staining them in unwanted colors. The most common drinks that cause staining include red wine, tea, and coffee.
Tobacco contains tar and nicotine, both of which discolor your teeth. Tar is a black substance that will darken your teeth, and nicotine becomes a yellowish pigment over time as it is exposed to oxygen.
Aging will naturally cause your teeth to darken and stain. As the white enamel layer of your teeth deteriorates, the darker dentin layer will begin to show through.
Some medications will cause your teeth to become discolored. Young children are the most susceptible to this form of teeth discoloration.
Tooth trauma caused by being hit in the mouth will cause that tooth to form extra layers of dentin under your enamel, darkening your smile.
How Can I Prepare For My Teeth To Be Whitened?
First, you should continue brushing your teeth twice a day. Try using a tooth sensitive toothpaste a few weeks prior to, during, and after teeth whitening. It is common for your teeth to be sensitive after whitening, this should only be temporary.
Try avoiding coffee, red wine, and teas before and after because these will drinks only further stain your teeth.
Finally, if you are nervous or curious, do a little research. It is interesting to know how the process works, and you can follow along with us as we run through the steps for your teeth whitening.