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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Dental Whitening

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You can find answers to some common questions below. Feel free to call us at (336) 760-1277 if you have a question that isn't listed here!

Dental Whitening

No, dental whitening does not use bleach  

While whitening is commonly referred to as bleaching, the actual active ingredient is carbamide peroxide, which is a very safe and mild product. There is no bleach involved in any dental whitening product on the market.

Professional whitening is faster than over-the counter options.  You can see results in one to two whitening sessions.  

The advantage of prescription strength gel in custom whitening trays is that it is much quicker than over-the-counter versions. It depends on the level of stain that needs to be removed and the desired whiteness level, but results usually only take 3-4 weeks of wearing the trays each night. 

If you’re considering dental whitening, you’re not alone.  

Most people wish that their teeth were a brighter white than their natural shade.

Dental whitening is a way to a brighter, whiter smile. 

 Dental whitening, or dental bleaching, will help most people achieve a whiter tooth shade.  

It’s a great option to decrease stains.  

Whitening can be a great option for those heavy coffee and tea drinkers that have slowly built up staining on their teeth. 

Whitening is not as effective on internal stains. 

Dental bleaching does not work well on intrinsic staining, meaning discoloration coming from inside the tooth.  It probably won’t work to fix staining that is only present on one tooth due to a previous root canal or trauma. 

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Give our Winston-Salem office a call at (336)760-1277 and we can discuss the next steps to achieve the smile that you desire.

No, whitening your teeth should not hurt.  

Short-term cold sensitivity is normal.

Whitening does not harm your teeth. However, it can make them sensitive to cold liquids in the short term. This sensitivity will go away with time. 

If you experience sensitivity, whiten less often. 

For patients who are more prone to cold sensitivity, we recommend whitening your teeth less often and for shorter periods of time. If you choose to have professional whitening or bleaching at our office, we will create a customized protocol based on your tooth sensitivity. 

Certain toothpastes can help. 

Certain kinds of toothpaste, such as Sensodyne, contain fluoride and potassium nitrate which helps decrease tooth sensitivity.

Please visit our page on cosmetic dentistry to learn more!

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