Family Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Horsham, PA
When stains or discoloration affect the brightness of your teeth, you may want to consider a teeth whitening treatment. If you’ve noticed your smile isn’t looking as bright as it used to, let the team at D3 Dental in Horsham, Pennsylvania, help brighten your smile. To find the proper teeth whitening treatment to brighten your smile, call the office, or schedule an appointment online.
Teeth Whitening Q&A
What is teeth whitening?
The hard outside of your tooth, called enamel, is extremely durable, but it's also prone to staining. When your dentist whitens your teeth, they remove stains from your teeth’s enamel to improve how your teeth look and the way you feel when you smile.
Why should I consider teeth whitening?
Daily activities like eating and drinking can stain your teeth. Brushing and flossing daily removes most of the debris on the surface of your teeth, but everyday use continues to stain them. In addition to daily use, your teeth can stain or discolor from:
- Tobacco use
- Drinking dark liquids like tea, coffee, and wine
- Not brushing often enough
- Injured or decayed teeth
At D3 Dental, your teeth will start looking brighter after your treatment.
What teeth whitening options are available?
D3 Dental offers custom take-home home trays that include a special teeth whitening formula. These whitening gels contain hydrogen peroxide, which is more powerful than over-the-counter gels, strips, or toothpaste.
The gels penetrate your enamel to remove the extrinsic stains on your teeth. The oxygen molecules within the whitening treatment break the bonds of the discolored molecules as the oxygen spreads and whitens your teeth.
Does teeth whitening hurt?
Teeth whitening doesn’t hurt, but if you have sensitive teeth, the treatment could make them a bit more sensitive for a day or so after your treatment. Your dentist may suggest using a special toothpaste made for sensitive teeth until your teeth return to a normal sensation after whitening.
What are the risks for teeth whitening?
Whitening usually has no serious side effects, but your gums might feel irritated for a short time after treatment. If you’re pregnant, you should wait to have your teeth whitened.
If you’re whitening at home, you should avoid leaving the gel on for too long because it can dehydrate your teeth, causing dental problems like decay. Your dentist will give you specific instructions for at-home use.
How often should I get my teeth whitened?
Everyone responds to whitening treatments differently, and the process can whiten teeth at different rates. Consider consulting with the team at D3 Dental to help determine the right shade for your teeth.
If you’re ready to have your teeth shining like brand new, call D3 Dental to schedule your appointment today, or request an appointment online.