Are your teeth yellow from years of coffee and tea drinking? Professional teeth whitening can improve the color of your teeth by many shades with a proven and safe treatment. At Chestnut Family Dentistry in Asheville, NC, Dr. Wendy Willoughby, DDS is here to answer your questions about this treatment.
Teeth Whitening FAQs:
What Can I Expect From Teeth Whitening?
No matter how hard you try to keep your teeth white, they will eventually need whitening if you want them to look healthy and vibrant. Teeth whitening is a simple treatment that improves the whiteness of your teeth by many shades. You can improve your appearance and confidence with this popular treatment and stop hiding your smile. If you have been disappointed with whitening kits from the store, professional whitening can provide you with impressive and lasting results.
How Long Does the Treatment Take?
Our in-office teeth whitening procedure can be finished in as little as 30 minutes. If you are busy and don’t know when you will have time to get back to the office for a session, a take-home whitening kit can provide you with quick whitening whenever you have some free time. Our take-home kit is more powerful than anything you can buy in the store and will ensure your smile is always bright.
How Quickly Can I Expect Results?
Your results will be visible immediately after the treatment. You should expect more than one treatment session if you are looking to improve your teeth by many shades, but a single treatment can provide a vast improvement. Many store-bought treatments take one or two weeks of use before you will see results, but with our professional treatment, your teeth can change from yellow to white in a single session.
How Long Do Results Last?
Whitening is not permanent, but it can last for over a year if you take care of your teeth. One of the major causes of teeth losing their whiteness is foods and beverages that stain the teeth. If you are a coffee drinker, your bright smile will begin to fade in just a few months. It is best to avoid staining foods and drinks and ensure that you are maintaining your teeth with good dental hygiene and regular visits to the dentist. To prolong the whiteness of your teeth, you can come in for regular whitenings or bring home a whitening kit that provides you with powerful whitening in-between visits.
Is It Painful?
Whitening your teeth is not painful or uncomfortable. Our treatment method is safe, and you will have no downtime. Some powerful store-bought solutions involve bleach that can burn the gums if used incorrectly, but our treatment is carried out by a professional, so you will not risk incorrect usage.
When Can I Eat or Drink After Whitening?
You can eat or drink a variety of foods immediately after the whitening treatment, but there are some foods and drinks that must be avoided to protect your teeth. For 24 to 48 hours after your session, you should avoid foods containing tannins that will stain your teeth and acidic foods, as your teeth are more vulnerable during this time.
Coffee, tea, wines, soft drinks, and brightly colored fruits should be avoided. White rice, turkey, chicken, bread, and water are the best foods to consume as long as they do not have strong dyes or acidic sauces. Avoid topping foods with sauces like soy, curry, and tomato. When your teeth have had time to recover, you can return to eating and drinking the things you love, but moderation and frequent cleaning will help you avoid staining your teeth again.
Is Whitening Bad for Tooth Enamel?
Our whitening treatment will not damage your enamel. Brushing your teeth incorrectly may be more harmful to your enamel than a professional whitening session. If you brush your teeth too frequently or too vigorously, hoping that your teeth will become white and lustrous, you will likely cause damage to your enamel. Professional whitening will not affect the enamel or hardness of your teeth.
Can I Still Get My Teeth Whitened With Restorations or Fillings?
Whitening your teeth will have no direct negative impact on your fillings, crowns, or implants. Professional whitening will not harm your restorations, but it will also not whiten your restorations. This may be an issue if you have fillings or restorations that are dark or yellow to match the shade of your teeth. If you have a whitening session, you will probably need to consider changing the fillings and restorations in your mouth to match the whiter shade of your teeth.
Will My Dental Insurance Cover Whitening?
Whitening is a voluntary aesthetic dental treatment, so it is typically not covered in your dental insurance benefits. We also would not recommend whitening products from the store, as they can be ineffective and in some cases harmful. Kits found in the store can appear to be a more budget-friendly option, but you will see a dramatic improvement with a safe and fast professional whitening.
You can contact your dental insurance provider for more information, but the treatment may be more affordable than you expect. Contact Dr. Wendy Willoughby, DDS for more information about the cost of your whitening treatment.
Get a Brighter Smile From Dr. Wendy Willoughby, DDS
If you could use whiter and brighter teeth without the wait, visit Chestnut Family Dentistry in Asheville, NC for an initial consultation today. This safe treatment will provide you with whiter teeth in one short session.