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Questions about Teeth Whitening

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If you are considering cosmetic dentistry, you may have questions about which procedures are right for you, and what will provide the best results.

Inspire Dental of Summerlin has answers to commonly asked questions regarding professional teeth whitening treatments. Use this information to help decide if this procedure is right for you.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes, especially if you choose professional whitening treatments instead of store-bought whitening kits. These over-the-counter whitening products often cause patients to have enhanced tooth sensitivity while delivering subpar results. By contrast, our professional whitening treatments have proven to be both safe and effective.

Why do teeth become discolored?

Teeth become dingy or yellow in color due to various factors. While certain lifestyle choices and diet contribute to dingy teeth, so does age or even certain medical conditions.

Several reasons why teeth often discolor include:

  • Age: Getting older certainly has its perks, but age shows in our bodies, and our teeth are not immune to the natural aging process. The enamel, which is the outermost layer of our teeth, begins to wear thin as we age, revealing the more sensitive dentin layer. This layer is yellow in color but can be whitened with professional treatments.
  • Personal Habits: Certain behaviors—such as smoking, chewing tobacco, or drinking and eating foods and beverages that cause stains—can contribute to discolored teeth. If you smoke or chew tobacco, the best way to prevent tobacco stained teeth is to kick the habit. You can limit your intake of berries, red wine, and coffee to prevent teeth from yellowing if your diet choices are causing your teeth to become dingy.
  • Intrinsic Staining: This happens when teeth become stained from the inside of the tooth, instead of staining that typically occurs only on the top layer or the enamel. This type of staining may occur as a result of taking tetracycline, a once popular antibiotic, as a child.

How long does it take to get whiter teeth?

Most patients experience a significant difference in the appearance of their teeth after just one professional whitening treatment. However, each case is different. At Inspire Dental of Summerlin, Las Vegas cosmetic dentist Dr. Matthew Wilson will determine how often you need to receive professional whitening treatments to obtain your desired results. A single treatment at our office takes about an hour, which includes preparation and applying the whitening gel to your teeth.

Will my teeth become sensitive afterward?

Some people are more prone to sensitivity in their teeth. However, our professional teeth whitening treatments are safer than over-the-counter whitening products. If you do experience any sensitivity, we may encourage you to use sensitivity-reducing toothpaste to curtail any discomfort.

Are there other options for whiter teeth?

Other cosmetic procedures offered at Inspire Dental of Summerlin also can produce whiter teeth. These procedures include dental bonding with composite resin or porcelain veneers, both of which provide permanent results.

Teeth Whitening in Summerlin

To learn more about a professional teeth-whitening treatment in Summerlin or any of our other cosmetic dentistry services, contact the office of Inspire Dental of Summerlin today by calling (702) 331-4700 to schedule a consultation.

Inspire Dental of Summerlin is proud to serve patients in the areas of Henderson, Las Vegas, and Summerlin, Nevada.