Teeth Whitening IN SCRIPPS RANCH

how long does teeth whitening last?

Teeth whitening is temporary but the average lifespan of whitening treatment ranges from 6 months to 3 years. There are many maintenance tips and tricks that can help extend the lifespan of your whitened teeth. 

Your priority should be to practice good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once per day. You should use a soft-bristle toothbrush so you don’t damage your enamel along with fluoride toothpaste. 

The ADA recommends that you get a dental cleaning and checkup every 6 months. Making sure you go for your regular teeth cleanings will help to remove any surface stains that build up from plaque and consuming staining foods and drinks. You’ll want to generally avoid highly pigmented and staining foods and drinks as well as smoking. 

These activities can introduce discoloration to your newly pearly white teeth. A whitening treatment won’t last forever but regularly consuming coffee, soda, and red wine will ensure that your results fade sooner than desired. If you can’t give up staining drinks altogether, try drinking through a straw so they don’t come into contact with your teeth.’

If you’re interested in getting a set of pearly white teeth, contact us at Scripps Rock Dental today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Anthony Hatch or Dr. Shivi Gupta.

how often can I get my teeth whitened?

Follow-up whitening treatments or touch-ups are the best way to keep your teeth white in the long term. On the low end, some patients will notice surface stains reappearing within 6 months. However, other patients may have results that last for a few years. 

Since the lifespan of your treatment and your tooth’s sensitivity varies, how often you should get your teeth whitened will also vary. You should be able to touch up your whitening treatment within 3 months. 

The dentist will look at your teeth and be able to tell you if it’s necessary or not but you should be able to see this visually yourself. If you have more sensitive teeth, you may want to wait longer in between treatments.

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Yes, teeth whitening can cause temporary tooth sensitivity. If you already have sensitive teeth, there are steps you can take to reduce your discomfort which include:

- Reducing your frequency of treatments
- Reducing the duration of exposure to peroxide
- Using desensitizing gel
- Using toothpaste for sensitive teeth

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Keep in mind that any tooth sensitivity you feel after whitening treatment is only temporary and is a reaction from the peroxide penetrating your tooth enamel. The peroxide causes demineralization which strips minerals from the enamel and increases porosity. 

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Your tooth’s dentinal tubules, which are connected to the nerves, become exposed, causing sensitivity to sensations like air and hot and cool temperatures. However, the minerals will be restored to the enamel within about 48 hours and so the sensitivity will dissipate.

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how do I make an appointment at Scripps rock dental?

Most people with healthy mouths can get veneers. Here are a few factors that may determine if you’re eligible:

Oral Health

You must have a healthy mouth free of gum disease, tooth decay, and other such issues to get veneers.

Orthodontic Issues

If you have severe issues with your jaw or bite alignment, these will need to be treated before you can get veneers.

Teeth Grinding

To get veneers, you must not grind your teeth or you may need to get a nightguard to protect your teeth. This helps prevent premature damage to your new smile.

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