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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Teeth Whitening

1. Oxygen Is What Whitens Your Teeth

While it is technically called bleaching and utilizes peroxides, it is really the oxygen that does the heavy lifting to remove stains from your pearly whites. Oxygen molecules in the whitening agents react with surface stain molecules and break apart the chemical bond. Leaving you with a whiter and brighter smile.

2. There Is More Than One Way To Whiten 

We offer two options depending on the level of whitening you hope to achieve and your teeth sensitivities. Opalescence Boost is our most recommended method, using Potassium Nitrate to remove unwanted stains built up over time. For a more dramatic result, we offer Boost Whitening, which is chemically activated – meaning no hot lights and instant effects.

3. It Will Cause Some Sensitivity

Professional whitening is a safe treatment; however, your teeth are tender goods. Suppose you opt for a light-activated treatment and have thin enamel or sensitive teeth to begin with. In that case, you may experience gum sensitivity or even temperature sensations that you didn’t previously have. Don’t worry – it is only temporary.

4. Whitening Will Not Work on Artificial Materials 

That means dental implants, crowns, caps, veneers, and even fillings will not be affected. If you want your teeth whitened, we always recommend doing so prior to dental work to obtain your ideal color. Implants and other dental prosthetics do not stain the way your teeth do. Therefore, whitening can also be a great tool to re-match dental work done long ago.

5. Multiple Sessions May Be Required 

Everyone’s teeth are different – from the natural color of your dentin to your enamel strength, even the undertones of your teeth. Therefore results will vary when it comes to whitening abilities. When setting expectations, talk with us about what is realistic and where you want to be. We will recommend the number of sessions and the best method for you.