Teeth whitening is becoming a very popular procedure; in fact, it is the most common cosmetic dental procedure in America right now.
A number of teeth whitening options are available. Qualified dental professionals, such as the staff at Baltimore Dental Center, can help you determine if this treatment is right for your dental needs.
Some common questions people have about teeth whitening:
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening refers to procedures intended to bleach or remove stains from teeth. Generally, the two main ingredients used in teeth whitening products are hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.
What are some teeth whitening options?
Teeth whitening can be done at the dentist’s office or at home. A variety of products and methods are available, including whitening toothpaste, strips, gels, and rinses.
How does teeth whitening work?
It is a simple process in which a product containing hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide is applied to the teeth. The whitening product is designed to break up stains to make discoloration less pronounced.
What type of results do patients see from teeth whitening?
It depends on the individual, their teeth, and the method. Patients whose teeth have yellow discolorations tend to see more successful results. Teeth stained brown may have less success; teeth gray in color may not show any discernible change at all. People who have caps and fillings should consult a dentist, as that type of dental work will not show any change at all.
Over the counter treatment options tend to show less successful results than those prescribed by the dentist. In-office treatments usually result in the most immediate and dramatic results
How do I know if I am a candidate?
You should talk to your dentist before undergoing teeth whitening. Generally, teeth whitening is not recommended for people with gum disease or whose teeth are discolored due to traumatic injury or because of medications.
Are there any side effects?
Some patients experience increased tooth sensitivity. Overuse or misuse of teeth whitening products can cause damage to gum tissue and tooth enamel.
As with any dental procedure, teeth whitening should be discussed with a qualified, experienced dentist to help you determine if this is a good option for you. If you are looking for more information on teeth whitening, or if you are seeking the services of a qualified dentist, consider contacting Baltimore Dental Center. For more information call (877) 809-4929 or visit the website at www.thebaltimoredentalcenter.com.