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If you are unhappy with your smile, you may be considering various cosmetic dentistry treatments. There are permanent solutions available that can give you the smile you want, but sometimes, a temporary solution is just as effective. Teeth whitening treatments may be all that you need to give you the smile you deserve, and they are considerably less expensive than crowns and even porcelain veneers. A whitening treatment will also last for several years before you need to have it repeated, unless you are a smoker or you frequently binge on coffee, tea, or red wine. Read the following teeth whitening FAQs, and then book an appointment with your Birmingham dentist.
How Does the Teeth Whitening Procedure Work?
The active ingredient in teeth whitening preparations is hydrogen peroxide, which gets below the surface of your teeth and into the pores. Teeth whitening can be done in our Birmingham dentist office. You can also get treatments to take home and continue the whitening process.
Will Teeth Whitening Work on Badly Stained Teeth?
Usually, it will. This is because, as previously stated, the treatment goes under the enamel. With severe staining, you may not get perfectly white teeth, but you will still notice several degrees of improvement.
Can Teeth Whitening Harm My Teeth?
No, teeth whitening is perfectly safe. It does not weaken the tooth enamel.
Is Teeth Whitening Painful?
Teeth whitening is not painful, and most of the time will not even cause any discomfort. However, some people do have unusually sensitive teeth. If this is the case, then your dentist can recommend a type of whitening treatment that is specially formulated for sensitive teeth. Additionally, some people find that their teeth are a bit sensitive following treatment. This is normal, and can be treated with a toothpaste formulated for dental sensitivity.
Can Anyone Have Teeth Whitening Done?
Most people can. However, if you have deep staining caused by the use of antibiotics, your teeth might not respond to whitening treatments. In that case, porcelain veneers would be a better cosmetic dentistry treatment.
Now that you are armed with these teeth whitening FAQs, why not call us at Maniscalco Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Birmingham, Alabama, to book a treatment? We are available by phone at 205-967-9100. You can also use the form on our Contact Us page to book a treatment.