Dr. G's Weightloss
Medical Weight Loss Clinic located in Davie, FL
If years of coffee, wine, or cigarettes have turned your formerly pearly whites into a far less appealing yellow or brown, let the experts at Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness provide a whitening plan that can restore the shine to your smile. Dr. G’s has locations throughout Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, as well as two international offices. Call today to learn more about what options are available and make an appointment.
Teeth Whitening Q & A
How does teeth whitening work?
Most types of teeth whitening use peroxide to “bleach” your teeth. When applied, oxygen molecules in the peroxide penetrate your dental enamel and break up the chemical bonds that cause your stains.
The teeth whitening procedures typically fall into one of three categories:
- Over-the-counter whitening: Over-the-counter whitening methods include a variety of dental products purchasable at any store without the need for a doctor’s prescription. These include special toothpaste, whitening gels, mouth rinses, and pre-made whitening trays that affix to your teeth. Because over-the-counter whitening kits offer a “one-size-fits-all” solution, they are not as effective as treatments offered by a medical provider.
- At-home care: A dentist or medical professional typically prescribes at-home whitening kits that have more potency than many over-the-counter products. These usually take the form of whitening trays custom-made for your teeth.
- In-office whitening: Offering the most dramatic results, your provider applies a strong peroxide gel to your teeth. The provider may also use lasers or special lights to improve the effectiveness of the gel. In some cases, your provider may advise you to combine in-office treatment with take-home treatment.
Am I a good candidate for teeth whitening?
Nearly anyone who wants a more vibrant smile is an excellent candidate for teeth whitening. However, teeth whitening may not be right for you if you meet the following criteria:
- You have restorations such as veneers or crowns: Restoration material is made of a compound that doesn’t react to the peroxide whitening agent.
- You have intrinsic stains: These stains occur in “dead” portions of your tooth and will not react as effectively to traditional whitening.
- You have sensitive teeth or conditions like bruxism or temporomandibular joint disorder: Teeth whitening methods can irritate or exacerbate these conditions.
How soon will I see results from teeth whitening?
You will typically see the results of in-office whitening immediately after treatment. It can take several weeks for noticeable changes to occur with over-the-counter and at-home treatments.
Most patients report their results lasting about a year before returning to their original shade. Regular whitening maintenance along with proper hygiene can help your new shade last for years.
If you want to erase years of staining from your teeth, call your local Dr. G’s provider to schedule your consultation.