Tooth Whitening Questions
If you like whitening your teeth, you may be wondering how it can affect dental treatments in the future. Here are some answers to commonly asked tooth whitening questions.
Tooth Whitening Questions: Does Tooth Whitening Affect Fillings, Veneers, or Crowns?
People come in, again, asking about bleaching and we look in their mouth, and we see that they have some crowns in the front of their mouth, some composite fillings, which are the tooth-colored fillings. We also always caution them that the bleach will affect the tooth structure, will lighten the tooth structure, but it usually does not have much effect on, let’s say, a porcelain crown or the composite fillings. A lot of times, if somebody wants to bleach and lighten their teeth, it does then involve redoing either crowns or fillings to match the lighter teeth.
Tooth Whitening Questions: Does Tooth Whitening Damage the Enamel?
A lot of patients come in and ask, is tooth whitening bad for the enamel? Just like most things in life, overdoing of most things can cause issues. If somebody was to bleach too often, it can weaken the enamel. The effective agent in teeth whitening is usually peroxide. Peroxide can weaken the enamel. If somebody bleached to a certain extent, their teeth can get a bluish, a grayish, tinge to them. They become sort of chalky looking. Most dental whitening products have a certain amount of time that you should be waiting between bleaching. Usually, a couple times a year is the norm.
Tooth Whitening Questions: Does Whitening Toothpaste Work?
Whitening toothpastes usually have peroxide in them. They also have some abrasive agents. Basically, they just help to remove the surface stains and they really don’t get out the intrinsic, or internal, stains into the teeth. Whereas, professional bleaching, and sometimes some take-home bleaching procedures, will help to whiten the teeth better than a whitening toothpaste.
If you have any further questions about tooth whitening, please call our Buffalo dentist office to schedule a free consultation.