Dr. Christopher Poss and his team receive many questions about teeth whitening in their Eau Claire office. And, it's no wonder. Professional teeth whitening is the most dramatic, rapid, and economical way to brighten dulled, yellowed enamel. Find out more about this popular aesthetic service by reading answers to some frequently asked questions Dr. Poss receives.
FAQs about teeth whitening
How did my teeth get so yellow?
Everybody's smile is different, but in general, tooth enamel changes with age, tobacco usage, intake of some prescription medications, and of course, dietary choices. Additionally, some people just don't brush and floss diligently; so plaque and tartar contribute to dental stains and general dinginess.
How does teeth whitening in Eau Claire work?
Most whitening products--whether in-office, at-home, or over-the-counter--have hydrogen peroxide as their active ingredient. With proper concentration and application, the peroxide neutralizes, or bleaches, staining organic matter.
Why is professional whitening better than retail products?
Professional whitening from your Eau Claire dentist uses a highly concentrated peroxide gel. Applied either in the office or at home (it's your choice), the gel literally breaks the connection between what's staining your teeth (food and beverages as examples) and the calcified matrix dentists call tooth enamel.
In-office whitening is very fast--taking just about an hour or so while the at-home version takes a week of daily applications. Either way, your dentist makes sure your teeth and gums are healthy enough for whitening and that your soft tissues are fully protected during the process.
I love how beautiful my friend's smile looks now that she had her teeth whitened. Can I expect similar results?
You can expect dramatic results. However, you must realize that everyone's smile is different. Some tooth enamel is naturally darker or lighter than someone else's. So the best comparison you can make is the one which looks at your personal before and after.
Can professional teeth whitening damage my teeth?
No, the whitening gel contains a buffering agent which ensures your gums and teeth (even the internal pulp and nerves) will not experience any sensitivity problems during whitening or afterwards. Also, in-office application or custom-made professional trays keep the gel off your gums, cheek, and lips and on the teeth where it belongs.
I have a few fillings and one porcelain veneer. Will these whiten as well?
In general, restorations such as tooth-colored fillings, porcelain veneers, crowns, and bonding do not stain readily. However, neither do they whiten. So, if you have existing dental work, the Cleveland Clinic recommends you ask your dentist if this service really is right for your smile.
Find out more
A white, healthy smile is a wonderful asset to your social and professional life. If you'd like yours to look brighter, please contact Dr. Christopher Poss for an in-office cosmetic dentistry consultation where you can discuss all your options. Phone the office team in Eau Claire, WI, at (715) 833-2223.