What to Ask Your Dentist About Teeth-Whitening


Modern dental treatments are usually so effective at addressing common dental issues that, with proper care and maintenance afterward, patients often never have to deal with the same issue again. Professional teeth-whitening is just as effective, but the stains that they erase can often come back over time. Fortunately, teeth-whitening is also one of the most convenient cosmetic treatment options, making it easier for you to touchup when your smile when stains reappear. If you’re considering teeth-whitening, then ask your dentist if it’s the right option for you during your next routine visit.

How does teeth-whitening work?

Stains that appear naturally on your teeth usually develop on their outer surfaces. To erase them, your dentist can supply professional strength whitening gel that effectively but gently breaks up the stains on your teeth’s surfaces. The solution also permeates the top layers of enamel to oxidize the tooth structure underneath, brightening the overall appearance of your teeth.

How often should I get teeth-whitening?

Though teeth stains can appear naturally, you don’t necessarily have to schedule routine teeth-whitening appointments like you do with checkups and cleanings. In fact, you can prolong your teeth’s bright appearance and hinder stain development by keeping your teeth clean through good hygiene and preventive dental care. Like all dental treatments, your dentist will only recommend teeth-whitening when necessary.

What if teeth-whitening doesn’t work?

While most common teeth stains develop on your teeth’s surfaces, not all of them do. Some types, known as intrinsic stains, form underneath your tooth enamel in the main structures of your teeth. Such stains can result from a variety of sources, such as internal tooth damage or the use of certain antibiotics and medications. To address them successfully, your dentist will perform a thorough examination to diagnose the stains and recommend the most appropriate treatment option.

Find Out More About Professional Teeth-Whitening

Professional teeth-whitening can often be an important tool for conveniently keeping your smile bright, beautiful, and healthy looking. To learn more, schedule an appointment with your dentist by calling Keelan Dental in Butler, PA, at (724) 256-4612. Our Smile Certified experts happily serve patients from Butler, Cranberry Township, Mars, Pittsburgh, Butler County, and all surrounding communities.