Parkcrest Dental Group wants you to have a confident, brilliant smile. We offer professional teeth whitening to give you the smile you deserve.
Our dentists in Springfield, Missouri, answer several frequently asked questions about teeth whitening, so you know what to expect from this service.
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening allows your dentist to apply a special solution to your teeth while using a small amount of light to create a brighter smile before you even leave the dentist’s office.
What does teeth whitening do?
This cosmetic dentistry procedure whitens the surface of your teeth to make them look more naturally white. Teeth whitening does not improve the functionality of your teeth, just the appearance.
What bleaching solutions come in teeth whitening products?
These products contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.
Does teeth whitening damage your teeth?
No, when used properly and under the care of a dentist.
The American Dental Association (ADA) accepts two brands of whitening toothpaste with their seal, but not any teeth whitening products.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Yes, when under the professional care of a dentist or when used as directed for at-home kits.
Can my dentist provide at-home teeth whitening kits?
Yes, our dentist office in Springfield, Missouri, can provide at-home kits for you.
Does teeth whitening hurt?
Your dentist will discuss this process with you if your mouth has any sensitivity.
Does dental insurance cover teeth whitening?
No, because this procedure does not improve the functionality of your teeth.
What should I do after my teeth whitening appointment?
Carry on normally with your daily activities. You might avoid acidic or colorful foods that might stain your teeth for the first 48 hours after your appointment. Wait to drink coffee, tea, wine, and colas. Deep red and deep blue foods might cause stains.
It may be best to try to avoid foods such as: tomato sauce, blueberries, cherries, and strawberries. Also, for a couple days you can avoid extremely acidic foods like vinegar-based dressings or lemon juice.
How can I maintain my white teeth?
Consider purchasing toothpaste designed for whitening teeth. Your teeth may be a bit sensitive following your appointment, so pick out a quality toothpaste to help with sensitive teeth.
Avoid teeth-staining foods over the long term to maintain your pearly whites. Coffee, black tea, chocolate, wine, colas, tomato sauce, and blueberries are the big ones that may stain your teeth over time.
Smoking can gradually stain your teeth due to the effects of nicotine and tar found in cigarettes and cigars. Stop smoking to prevent yellowing of your teeth from these types of products.
A great oral hygiene routine can keep your teeth strong, as well as consuming calcium-rich foods like milk, yogurt, and other dairy products.
Can my teeth become white again by brushing?
Yes, through a regular regimen of oral hygiene.
- Flossing twice a day
- Brushing with a fluoride toothpaste
- Using a mouthwash 30 minutes following brushing
What turns my teeth different colors?
Your teeth may turn different colors due to several reasons.
Plaque build-up. Plaque is the result of not brushing over time, and it creates a hardened, discolored layer on your enamel. This may turn your teeth yellow or brown. A dental hygienist can scrape away plaque, and then a regular regimen of brushing, flossing, and rinsing can keep plaque away.
Various foods and beverages. These include wine, tomato-based dishes, coffee, dark tea, and colas.
Smoking can cause tooth discoloration.
Do any natural products whiten teeth?
Baking soda mixed with hydrogen peroxide can accomplish this. Hydrogen peroxide is an ingredient in teeth whitening products. Consider mixing 2 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide with 1 teaspoon of baking soda to make a homemade paste to brush your teeth.
Who can I talk to about teeth whitening in Springfield, Missouri?
Do you have more questions about how you can whiten your teeth? Contact Parkcrest Dental or call (417) 887-1220 for more information or to make an appointment with us.