Teeth Whitening In Stone Ridge, VA
Teeth are often referred to as “pearly whites”. Unfortunately, over time, teeth become stained and they are no longer bright and white due to staining.There are two types of tooth stains:
inside the tooth enamel, may be due to antibiotic use, fluoride exposure, genetics, and aging
on the outside of the tooth, may be due to exposure to environmental factors such as smoking, coffee, tea, wine, artificial food colorings, and more. May also be linked to antibiotics
Research shows that approximately half of Americans are unhappy with the color of their teeth. The good news is that for patients living in or near Stone Ridge, VA, professional teeth whitening at Prime Family Dentistry can help.
In this article, we’ll explain more about teeth whitening including how it works, how long results last, and more.
Factors that can contribute to discolored teeth are:
- Smoking and chewing tobacco
- Natural aging
- Drinking strong beverages, such as coffee or tea
- Medical conditions
- Certain medications
- Lack of proper dental hygiene
Many patients who receive teeth whitening want to improve the aesthetic appearance of their smiles for special occasions or as a way to improve their physical appearance and gain confidence. Whatever the reason, teeth whitening is an easy and simple way to enhance your beautiful smile.
How long does teeth whitening last?
Teeth whitening treatments are designed to reduce, not repel, stains. Therefore, the length of time you can expect your results to last depends on the type of whitener you are using and your lifestyle habits. Results from professional teeth whitening last much longer than at-home treatments.
In fact, professional teeth whitening results typically last 1 to 3 years, depending on your lifestyle and oral hygiene habits. If you continue to consume foods and beverages that cause staining or continue smoking, your results may not last as long- especially if you do not brush/floss your teeth as you should.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Teeth whitening is considered safe, but some patients do experience side effects, such as:
Sensitivity: generally, patients only experience sensitivity after the first one or two treatments. Often, dentists recommend products that contain sodium fluoride and potassium nitrate to treat tooth sensitivity.
Irritation: some patients experience gum irritation due to contact with the whitening product. However, this generally diminishes after the treatment.
It’s important to note that while professional teeth whitening does last for 1 to 3 years, it is not a permanent treatment. You’ll need to have it done again in the future to maintain your bright, white smile.
Does teeth whitening work?
Yes, professional teeth whitening can be effective for both intrinsic and extrinsic staining on natural teeth. However, if you have active cavities or dental work, you may want to delay this procedure. Also, it’s important to note that whitening treatments are not effective on dental restorations such as crowns, fillings, dental implants, dentures, and bridges.
How much does teeth whitening cost?
On average, in-office professional teeth whitening ranges from a low of around $300 to a high of around $1,800. This depends on the method of whitening that is used. Most dental insurance plans classify teeth whitening as a cosmetic dental procedure and will not cover it. However, we do offer financing options to help you cover your treatment and allow you to make smaller payments over time.
Does teeth whitening hurt?
Teeth whitening is a non-invasive, painless procedure. You may have some sensitivity and irritation following treatment, which will both resolve fairly quickly.
Do You Need Teeth Whitening?
If you are unhappy with the color of your teeth and want to know more about teeth whitening options at Prime Family Dentistry, schedule your consultation today. We can help you understand the type of staining you have and the most appropriate treatment options.
We are located on Pinebrook Road in Stone Ridge. Our office hours are Monday and Friday from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM, Thursday from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, and Saturday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. We are closed on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Top of Form
Teeth Whitening FAQs
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures at Prime Family Dentistry in Stone Ridge. Dr. Subha Yerabollu is happy to address any questions or concerns that you may have about this and other procedures. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about teeth whitening:
How long after teeth whitening should I wait to drink coffee?
Ideally, you should wait at least 48 hours following teeth whitening before drinking beverages that may cause staining including coffee, sodas, sports drinks, and red wine. When you do consume these beverages, you should brush your teeth within 30 minutes to combat the stains.
Is whitening your teeth bad?
When done properly by a professional, teeth whitening is not bad for your teeth. Dental professionals understand the proper combination of whitening chemicals and how to properly use them to avoid causing issues.
What can I eat after teeth whitening?
During the first 48 to 72 hours following teeth whitening, you’ll want to avoid foods that contain tannins, as these can cause staining. Instead, you can eat white rice, light-colored fish, chicken, turkey, onions, white bread, potatoes, porridge, pasta, natural yogurt, and cheese.
How long does teeth sensitivity last after whitening?
Tooth sensitivity following tooth whitening treatments typically only lasts for a few days and can be mitigated by using oral hygiene products formulated for sensitive teeth. If you have pain and sensitivity that lasts longer, you’ll need to consult with your dentist to find out why. You may have an underlying condition.
Is teeth whitening permanent?
Professional teeth whitening results generally last for 1 to 3 years, depending on your lifestyle and oral hygiene habits. As long as your properly care for your teeth and either avoid foods, beverages, and habits that stain teeth- or at least clean your teeth after- you can avoid stains for some time. However, you will eventually need to have the treatment done again.