Teeth Whitening Specialist

Philadelphia Dental

General Dentistry & Implant Dentistry located in Philadelphia, PA

Do you have a lot of stains or unwanted discoloration on your teeth? The team at Philadelphia Dental is here to help, serving South Philly. Teeth whitening, one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures, can improve your appearance and confidence, so schedule an appointment by phone or online to discuss all of your whitening options in Philadelphia.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

How does teeth whitening work?

There are many options for teeth whitening. The dentists at Philadelphia Dental offer either in-office or at-home whitening services. Vital teeth whitening is used on teeth that have a live nerve, meaning you haven’t had a root canal on those teeth. Hydrogen peroxide is used in a gel form that’s applied to teeth to whiten them.

If you decide to whiten teeth at home, your Philadelphia Dental dentist provides custom-made trays that mold to your teeth, which you fill with the whitening gel before application. Usually, you wear the mouthpiece for 30 minutes to an hour each day, but your dentist walks you through the steps.

If you decide to have in-office teeth whitening, which is more effective, you need to schedule up to three appointments, depending on how severe your discoloration is. Your dentist uses laser light to enhance the whitening effects.

Non-vital teeth whitening is for teeth that have had root canals, which no longer have a live nerve. This involves whitening the tooth from the inside, instead of the outside.

What are the benefits of teeth whitening?

Especially if you drink a lot of coffee, tea, or wine, or use tobacco, teeth can become discolored easily. If teeth aren’t cared for properly, they can also build up stains faster. Teeth whitening reverses those stains, restoring your beautiful white smile.

Having whiter teeth can help you feel more confident about going out in public or taking photographs, so many people may get teeth whitening before a big event, like a wedding. Whitening also makes teeth look healthier overall.

Are there any side effects?

There are usually no side effects of teeth whitening, but sometimes teeth can become more sensitive for a period following treatment. Mild gum irritation could also occur after whitening, though these side effects usually go away and are not severe.

Will I have to have more than one treatment?

Unfortunately, teeth whitening isn’t permanent, since you will continue your eating and drinking habits after whitening your teeth. And, teeth can become discolored more easily with age.

Whitening is something you’ll have to continue to keep up with if you want your teeth to stay white. How often you’ll need treatment, however, depends on your brushing and flossing habits, as well as your eating and drinking habits. Your dentist at Philadelphia Dental can help you maintain a long-term whitening plan that works for you.

Talk to the dentists at Philadelphia Dental to learn more about teeth whitening and its benefits and side effects. Schedule an appointment by phone or online.