Teeth Whitening – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Teeth Whitening – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
July 14, 2015 | News | Comments Off on Teeth Whitening – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Teeth Whitening – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


What is teeth whitening?

It’s a bleaching process that lightens discolorations of enamel and dentin.  The system uses a mild solution retained in a custom-fitted tray that is worn over your teeth.

What causes tooth discoloration?

There are many causes.  The most common include aging, consumption of staining substances (coffee, tea, colas, tobacco), trauma, nerve degeneration, and old restorations.  During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.

Who may benefit from tooth whitening?

The vast majority of people will benefit from tooth whitening.  However, there are some cases where the treatment may not be effective.  A dentist may determine viable candidates for the process through a thorough oral examination and diagnosis.  Darker stains, such as those caused by antibiotics, may take longer to respond to treatment.  The degree of whiteness will vary from patient to patient, depending on the structure of the teeth, the number of applications, and/or the duration of time that the system is used.

Is the process safe?

Yes!  Research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth with Carbide Peroxide or Hydrogen Peroxide under the supervision of a dentist is safe for teeth and gums.  In fact, many dentists consider this whitening process the safest cosmetic dental procedure available today.

How does it work?

The whitening gel is placed in a thin bleaching tray that fits over your teeth.  as the active ingredient in the gel is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin and bleaches the colored substances.  The structure of the tooth is not changed.

How long does it take?

Maximum results generally occur when the process in continued for 10-14 nights (Night White Turbo results are seen in 3-6 nights).  If you prefer daytime whitening, use Day White ACP and be sure to wear your trays for 30 minutes twice per day in order to see maximum results in 10-14 days.

Are there any side effects?

Some people experience temporary increased tooth sensitivity to cold during the treatment.  These symptoms disappear within 1-3 days after interruption or completion of the treatment.

How long do the results last?

The teeth will always be lighter than they once were; however, some patients may need a tooth whitening “touch-up” for 1-2 days, once or twice a year.  In order to maintain the whitest tooth shade possible, it is best to avoid substances like coffee, tea, red wine and tobacco.

Come to Dr. Spamer’s office at 925.838.0066 to get your veneers checked out!

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