Teeth Whitening Birmingham, AL
Everyone deserves a smile that they can be proud of. One of the most common ways to enhance a smile is through teeth whitening. Professional whitening achieves long-lasting results by removing stains and discoloration.
Teeth whitening can help you achieve a brighter, more beautiful smile. Inverness Smiles: John Aiken, DMD offers teeth whitening procedures in Birmingham and the surrounding area so you can smile with confidence. Call us at (205) 282-8261 to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment.
Benefits of Teeth Whitening at the Dentist’s Office
Teeth whitening at the dentist’s office is the safest and most effective method of achieving whiter teeth. In-office whitening occurs under carefully monitored conditions. Teeth whitening under professional supervision allows for safe, controlled, pain-free treatment.
Professional whitening products use a stronger concentration of hydrogen peroxide than over-the-counter products. Thus the whitening process takes less time to achieve better results. Treatment under a dentist’s care ensures that sensitive gums are not irritated during the whitening process. The results should be long-lasting with careful oral hygiene practices.
“Teeth whitening under professional supervision allows for safe, controlled, pain-free treatment.”
What to Expect at the Consultation
Before the teeth whitening procedure, people will need to attend a consultation. This appointment will allow the patient to discuss their dental history, overall health, and teeth goals. It is also crucial to bring up any ongoing dental issues, such as teeth and gum problems that will require treatment before teeth whitening can occur.
We will also examine the patient’s teeth to see if they will benefit from whitening treatments. It is important to note that existing dental work, such as crowns and veneers, will not respond to conventional whitening agents. If treatments are a viable option, we will help determine which whitening product or technique will be the most effective.
“This appointment will allow the patient to discuss their dental history, overall health, and teeth goals.”
Teeth Whitening Treatment Length
Teeth whitening done in the office is the quickest method to whiten teeth. People can achieve much brighter teeth more quickly in-office because the concentration of bleaching solution is much stronger than other options. Professional teeth whitening requires an appointment.
Teeth can get three to eight shades whiter with several 30 to 60-minute sessions. Other tooth whitening treatments are available that can whiten teeth in a single two-hour session. People interested in teeth whitening should contact us for information about the available treatment options.
“Teeth whitening done in the office is the quickest method to whiten teeth.”
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Who Should Get Teeth Whitening at the Dentist
Teeth whitening at the dentist is best for people with moderate to severe discoloration and staining. These stains can occur due to aging, smoking, medications, and certain foods and drinks. People with yellow or brown discoloration on their teeth are ideal candidates for professional teeth whitening. Pregnant and lactating women should also not receive teeth whitening.
We do not recommend teeth whitening for people with gum disease, worn down enamel, and existing decay. Cavities and damage will require treatment before a person can whiten their teeth. People with teeth that are gray or purple may not respond to bleaching. People interested in teeth whitening can speak with our team to determine the best-suited options for their needs.
“Teeth whitening at the dentist is best for people with moderate to severe discoloration and staining.”
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Although professional teeth whitening is not permanent, people can help their results last longer with proper care and maintenance. People should avoid smoking and food and drinks that stain teeth, such as coffee, tea, or red wine. It is also essential to brush teeth twice a day, floss daily, and use mouthwash to reduce plaque.
People can also use whitening toothpaste as per the dentist’s recommendation, such as Colgate Total SF Fresh + Whitening ™ Toothpaste, hello® Naturally Whitening Toothpaste, or Colgate® Optic White® Toothpaste. Keep up with regular dental appointments for teeth cleaning. Patients can discuss touch-up treatments at six-month intervals with our team.
“Although professional teeth whitening is not permanent, people can help their results last longer with proper care and maintenance.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Is teeth whitening a safe procedure?
A. It is considered a safe procedure. There are possible side effects, though. The teeth may become more sensitive during treatment. Gums can become irritated from the whitening process. These symptoms should go away once the whitening products are no longer being used.
Q. Do I need to get my teeth cleaned before a teeth whitening procedure?
A. A professional tooth cleaning removes plaque and tartar, which makes the teeth whitening procedure more effective. It also helps to keep the color uniform while whitening. During the dental cleaning appointment, the exam can identify any tooth decay or gum diseases that need to be treated before whitening.
Q. Can I get teeth whitening if I have crowns or a bridge?
A. Whitening products only work on natural teeth. A person with implants, crowns, or bridges can speak with our team about maintaining tooth coloration across all teeth. People with previous dental work can still receive a whitening treatment.
Q. Can I still get teeth whitening if I have other dental concerns or issues?
A. Our dental team can assess a patient’s oral health to determine the right treatment course to get the desired results. Gum disease and tooth decay may need to be treated before whitening for the desired results. A consultation from our dental team will help you find solutions for good oral health.
Q. Does dental insurance cover teeth whitening?
A. Most dental insurance plans do not cover teeth whitening or other cosmetic procedures. Every insurance plan is different. People interested in teeth whitening should contact their insurance provider for more information.
Cosmetic Dentistry Terminology
- Bleachorexia is when people continue to abuse teeth whitening solutions without consulting professionals, causing significant damage to their enamel and gums in the process.
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the function) of a person’s teeth, gums and/or bite.
- Dentin Hypersensitivity
- Dentin hypersensitivity is when the enamel wears down on the tooth enough that the dentin faces exposure and will cause great levels of pain when a person applies pressure to the tooth or drinks hot/cold beverages.
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical compound in teeth whitening solutions that patients use to whiten the shade of their teeth.
- Stained Dentin
- Stained dentin can result from certain foods and beverages with a lack of proper brushing. Dental professionals can provide whitening treatments to brighten the teeth.
- Surface Teeth Stains
- While surface teeth stains can be inevitable with age, certain foods and beverages will only promote discoloration and faded teeth.
Call Us Today
Teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to achieve the smile that you have always wanted. Inverness Smiles: John Aiken, DMD can help. Call us today at 205-282-8261 to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment.
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Clinical Terms. 2022
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home Page. 2022
- WebMD. WebMD’s Oral Care Guide. 2022
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