The Teeth Whitening Questions you Should be Asking

The Teeth Whitening Questions you Should be Asking

So, you want to get whiter teeth, and you are considering a number of different teeth whitening treatments. You might ask yourself questions like: which treatment is best? How can I get the whitest smile possible? Well, it is good and fine to ask those questions, but they aren’t the only thing you need to know. In fact, without the answers to some different, arguably more important questions, your tooth whitening regimen will turn out to be a complete failure.

Here are some questions and answers that will help you avoid failure when it comes to whitening your teeth.

What’s causing my tooth discoloration?

If you don’t understand the cause of your tooth discoloration, there is a chance that typical tooth whitening procedures will be ineffective. This is why it is always best to speak with your dentist and have an examination before starting any tooth whitening procedure; even over the counter ones.

Typical tooth whitening strategies are best for teeth that are yellow in color due to everyday stains from food and drink. Teeth that are grey, brown, or black, will not benefit from whitening strips.

Your dentist will be able to tell you what the underlying cause of your discoloration and can instruct you on the best way to solve it. If it is from everyday stains, your dentist will instruct you to avoid the foods and drinks that cause the stains, especially during your treatment for best results. If the discoloration is the result of an underlying condition, your dentist can help you solve this before moving forward.

When you see your dentist for an exam, try asking some of these other very important questions:

  • Is this whitening treatment safe?
  • What are the risks or side effects?
  • How white will my teeth get?
  • I have a big event – how far in advance should I get whitening?
  • How long will the treatment last?
  • Will this procedure work if I have a crown or veneers?
  • Can I use this treatment with braces?
  • Is teeth whitening right for me?

If you have any other questions or want to know the answer to one of the above questions, feel free to give us a call today or stop by the office for an exam!