Teeth Whitening FAQs

Teeth Whitening FAQs

January 1, 2021

Teeth whitening is a process that uses a whitening agent to remove the stains from your teeth and improve your smile.

Nothing completes your look like a bright smile. Unfortunately, for many of us, our teeth are not as bright. Several factors, like smoking, diet, medication, and age affect the shade of our teeth. Luckily, with a teeth whitening service, you can improve the appearance of your teeth. Before you visit a dentist for teeth whitening in Lansing, here is some information.

What are the Teeth Whitening Options Available?

Many products and treatments are available that promise to whiten your teeth. But, they are all grouped into two; at-home and professional teeth whitening treatments.

  • At-home whitening products

It is tempting to bleach your teeth at home because cosmetic products are available. However, most of these whitening toothpaste and gels contain little amounts of the whitening agent. This means you will need to use them in large quantities for better results. Furthermore, some may affect your gums and cause bruising or sensitivity.

It is advisable to avoid using these cosmetic teeth whitening products. While at it, avoid the D.I.Y. treatments too, like the baking soda and lemon. Baking soda can remove mild stains, but its abrasive nature damages the enamel.

Also, the use of lemon can affect your teeth and gums. The acid in the fruit will strip the enamel and make it weaker. Plus, it also causes the teeth to darken.

  • Professional teeth whitening services

We recommend professional teeth whitening treatments because they are safe and rarely damage your teeth. We offer Zoom! Teeth whitening treatment. This uses 25 percent of the whitening agent and Zoom activated light.

The dentist usually applies a protective layer on the gums to shield them from the whitening agents.

We also have a take-home Zoom kit that can help maintain the results at home.

Who Can Get Teeth Whitening Treatment?

Our teeth whitening dentist can recommend the treatment if you have healthy teeth and gums, free of decay. If you have severe teeth sensitivity, other treatments like veneers and crowns can be more suitable. Also, teeth whitening is done on natural teeth. Veneers and dentures cannot be whitened. If the

Teeth whitening is a process that uses a whitening agent to remove the stains from your teeth and improve your smile.

, the dentist will have to replace them.

Will The Enamel Get Damaged?

Some teeth whitening products can cause the enamel to get weaker. However, professional teeth whitening products are known to contain the right amount of whitening agent. They do not damage your enamel or bruise your gums.

How is the Procedure Done?

The complete Zoom teeth whitening procedure will last for less than an hour, mostly 45 minutes. The dentist will cover the lips and gums with a protective gel. He will then apply the Zoom hydrogen peroxide gel and activate it with the Zoom light. This light will penetrate and break the stains, hastening the whitening process.

The gel will stay on the teeth for 15 minutes before it is rinsed out. The process will be repeated three times until the desired results are attained.

The results will differ based on the level of discoloration. However, most people get eight shades lighter after the whitening session.

How Long Will the Results Last?

This will depend on your lifestyle and eating habits. Some people begin to notice discoloration within months after the treatment. However, with the Zoom whitening procedure, the results can last for a year. This is because the dentist will give a Zoom take-home kit that contains whitening trays. These trays will help maintain your teeth white when used daily.

Nonetheless, you need to take care of your teeth, and avoid taking foods and drinks that stain your teeth. Limit taking coffee, wine, and tea. If you do take the beverages, ensure you brush your teeth immediately after to prevent the enamel from absorbing the content. Also, avoid chewing or smoking tobacco. It not only discolors your teeth but will also affect your health.

What Happens After the Whitening Procedure?

You will experience teeth sensitivity for a few hours. Our dentist in Lansing, MI, will give you tooth-sensitive toothpaste to help ease the discomfort.

Schedule an Appointment

Visit Gentle Dental Care for more information on teeth whitening and how it is done.