Dental Whitening in Media, PA
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What is Dental Whitening?
Dental whitening is a cosmetic bleaching procedure performed on a patient’s teeth. The purpose is to whiten teeth that are otherwise stained or discolored. Dental whitening is quite routine and is performed by nearly all American dentistries.
What Causes Tooth Discoloration?
Tooth discoloration can have multiple causes, including:
- Poor oral hygiene.
- Gradual staining from drinking tea or coffee.
- Medication side-effects.
Teeth can also become stained from the inside. Referred to as intrinsic staining, this can have various causes, including trauma and environmental factors.
Is Dental Whitening an Option for Me?
There are no strict rules governing who is eligible for dental whitening. However, dentists usually do not recommend whitening to patients with severely worn tooth enamel, periodontal disease, or who experience chronic tooth sensitivity. Dental whitening is not effective in bleaching dental veneers or crowns.
Further, though dental whitening can be highly effective, the relative success of each procedure will differ from one patient to another depending on the severity and source of the discoloration.
Speak to your dentist about any questions or concerns. Call us today at 484-444-2793 for counsel from our knowledgeable teeth whitening dentists, or to schedule a teeth cleaning. Our emergency dental services are 24/7. We proudly serve the communities in and near Media, Aston, and Swarthmore.
What Preparations are Needed Before a Dental Whitening?
Before dental whitening, the dentist will examine the patient’s mouth to discover the source of the staining or discoloration. Any cavities or infections will need to be taken care of before whitening; otherwise, the applied whitening solution can penetrate to the inner surface of the tooth through the cavity or wound.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
There are two different forms of dental whitening. The first is vital whitening, which is performed on healthy, living teeth. The second is called non-vital whitening, which is performed on teeth that have gone through root canal treatment and hence do not have live nerves.
Vital whitening can be performed in the dental office, in your home, or a combination of both locations. Whitening performed in-office often requires 1-to-3 appointments, with each visit taking 30-to-90 minutes. The number of visits and length of time will depend on the extent of the discoloration, the patient’s desired color, and the method of bleaching used.
Most often, your dental specialist will apply a whitening solution to your teeth that contains some form of hydrogen peroxide. A specialized light or laser is frequently used to activate the whitening solution, which will expedite the procedure.
With an in-home whitening, your specialist will provide you with customized mouthpieces, created from impressions of your teeth. The mouthpieces are filled with a whitening solution that your dentist will provide for you; they are then worn for a few hours each day per your dentist’s instructions.
How Long Will the Process Take?
Based on your dentist’s advice and your desired outcome, in-home whitening can take anywhere from a few days to 3-to-4 weeks to complete. Remember that in-office and in-home whitening are often used in combination, with in-office whitening being more intensive.
Vital whitening may not remove discoloration from teeth without living nerves. If doing a non-vital whitening, your dentist will inject a whitening agent into your tooth. A temporary filling will be placed on the tooth afterward. The tooth will be left with the whitening agent for a few days, and the procedure can be repeated according to the degree of bleaching desired by the patient.
Whether you use vital or non-vital whitening, the new color will not be permanent, and stains will gradually reaccumulate after bleaching. Dental whitening can be repeated as discoloration returns. Consult your dentist to arrange regular examinations and to learn ways to help maintain the coloration and health of your teeth.
Are There Side Effects or Risks?
Severe side effects are rare. Bleaching may be followed by feelings of sensitivity or gum irritation for a short period. Call your dentist if experiencing any discomfort from the procedure. Due to possible unknown side-effects, dental whitening is not recommended for pregnant patients.
Media Dental Care proudly serves the communities in and surrounding Media, Aston, and Swarthmore. If you would like to schedule an appointment with our trusted team, call us today at 484-444-2793.