Teeth Whitening Questions

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Thanks to advances in dental technology, having white teeth has become the societal norm. At Laser Dentistry of Erie, LLC, you can have a whiter, brighter smile through one of our professional whitening treatments in as little as one hour. Just imagine getting whiter teeth on your lunch break!

Here are some frequently asked questions about our whitening treatments, and teeth whitening in general.

Why should I have a professional whitening treatment, rather than purchase a whitening kit over the counter?

Any whitening product sold in stores uses a less concentrated whitening gel. This often leads to inconsistent results in which some teeth are whiter than others. Over-the-counter whitening products also are much more likely to cause increased sensitivity since they do not use a custom tray to hold the whitening gel in place when applied. The professional whitening treatments used at Laser Dentistry of Erie, LLC, use the most advanced whitening technology available today in dentistry, leading to exceptional results that last longer without causing enhanced sensitivity.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes. Our professional in-office whitening treatments have been proven safe.

What causes teeth to become discolored?

Your teeth will dull and yellow as part of the natural aging process. Your personal habits also can be a factor. Using tobacco in any form can cause discoloration, as can regular consumption of foods and drinks such as dark berries, coffee, tea, and red wine.

Iron from your blood supply also can enter the structure of your teeth. When this occurs, it causes a chemical reaction called oxidation in which your teeth turn a brownish-yellowish color. Your teeth also can be stained on the inside, which is known as intrinsic staining and occurs from excessive exposure to tetracycline (an antibiotic) during childhood.

How much does a professional whitening treatment cost?

A teeth whitening procedure is one of the most affordable treatments in all of cosmetic dentistry. And, because results from a professional whitening treatment last longer than over-the-counter kits, this is a worthwhile investment in improving your smile.

How long do the results of a professional teeth-whitening treatment last?

As mentioned earlier, professional whitening will last longer than over-the-counter procedures because our whitening treatments use higher-quality materials that are applied by a team of expertly trained professionals. However, you can prolong the effectiveness of a whitening treatment by maintaining a good regimen of oral hygiene that includes brushing twice per day, flossing daily, and seeing your dentist twice each year for a professional cleaning. Also, limit your consumption of coffee, red wine, and tobacco, all of which can stain your teeth.

Want to learn more about our teeth whitening treatments? Just contact our office by calling (814) 825-2615.

Laser Dentistry of Erie. LLC, serves Erie, PA, and the surrounding areas.