What is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening is a safe procedure used to lighten and brighten your discolored teeth. Whitening is most effective when teeth have become discolored due to yellowing from age, tobacco, alcohol, foods, drinks, medications, chemically-induced stains, excessive fluoride, accidents, trauma, and decay. Whitening is not effective in existing crowns or porcelain veneers.
Can whitening damage teeth?
Many university studies have found that whitening causes no damage to the tooth structure. It does not cause weakening of teeth and no cavities/gum problems have been shown to form due to bleaching. People can experience sensitivity to hot and cold for a day or two as a side effect. Reasons for tooth whitening: normal wear of outer tooth layer, stained teeth from various medications, and yellow or stained teeth from foods and drinks.
Tooth whitening is a simple, non-invasive treatment used to change the color of tooth enamel and is a way to enhance the beauty of your smile. Having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most people. The most popular method is using a home system that will whiten teeth dramatically. Teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, so it is important to also evaluate replacement of any old fillings and crowns. Replacement of these will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly whitened teeth.
Tooth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up may be needed over the years, and will be needed more often if you smoke or drink coffee, tea, or wine.