When you use whitening toothpaste or drugstore whitening trays, they can only remove extrinsic stains on the surfaces of your teeth. This is because the active ingredient in these whitening products is hydrogen peroxide - but it’s most effective at high concentrations.
Drugstore whitening trays contain much lower concentrations of peroxide and cannot penetrate deep into the enamel. Dental-grade teeth whitening increases the porosity of your teeth to penetrate through the enamel.
Through oxidation, the whitening agent breaks down staining molecules to remove intrinsic tooth stains. Contact us at Mary Qian Dental Group today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Quian.
Some whitening agents use carbamide peroxide, which turns into hydrogen peroxide.
You will come in for a consultation with Dr. Quian so we can assess the severity of your tooth discoloration and formulate a treatment plan for you.
We will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental lab that will create custom-fit whitening trays for you to wear.
It may take a few weeks for your trays to be ready. Once we get them, we’ll ask you to pick them up so you can start your treatment.
When you receive your whitening trays, you will also receive a whitening gel to apply to the trays and written instructions on how to use them.
Crowns and veneers cannot be whitened.
Yes, teeth whitening is perfectly safe as long as it’s performed under the guidance of a professional and you follow instructions. When you purchase whitening products that are not ADA-approved, wear them for longer than recommended, or use them too often, this can cause some unwanted side effects and potential damage to your teeth.
With our take-home whitening system, the only side effect you can expect is some potential tooth-sensitivity which is typically after whitening your teeth because of demineralization of your enamel.
This exposes the dentinal tubules which are connected to your tooth’s nerves, resulting in hypersensitivity. This will subside within a few days through natural remineralization and you can also use desensitizing gel.
Teeth whitening can last anywhere from 6 months to 3 years depending on your lifestyle and oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss between all of your teeth once a day to remove surface stains.
Regular dental cleanings every 6 months can also remove surface stains and plaque buildup which will leave you with whiter-looking teeth. Generally, you will need to avoid smoking and consuming staining foods and drinks like coffee, tea, and red wine to ensure your teeth stay as white as possible.
Using whitening products that aren’t ADA-approved can cause severe tooth sensitivity and enamel erosion.