FAQs about Teeth Whitening
By JC Duncan DDS, PA
July 19, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth whitening is so popular millions of Americans choose it to remove dental stains and brighten their smiles. Dr. J.C. Duncan in Huntersville offers professional whitening to teens and adults who have healthy teeth and gums and realistic outlooks on smile appearance. Learn more here about this easy and effective cosmetic service.

Frequently asked questions about teeth whitening in Huntersville

How did my teeth get so dull and yellow?

Everyone has his or her own tooth color. Some people's teeth are naturally white. Others have a more yellow or grayish tone. However, age and the foods and beverages which we consume do change how bright our smiles are. So does tobacco--either cigarettes or the smokeless variety.

Teeth whitening products are offered in drugstores, online, and at the mall. Are these helpful and safe?

Retail whitening systems produce variable results. Some work well for light staining but usually cannot remove deep, long-standing discolorations. Also, because the sellers are not health care professionals, as your Huntersville dentist is, you won't receive a professional evaluation to see if teeth whitening is safe for your teeth and gums.

What kind of teeth whitening does Dr. Duncan offer?

He offers two kinds: in-office, which takes about an hour, and at-home, which uses custom-made acrylic trays and takes about a week of daily applications. He always examines his whitening patients carefully. In general, teeth should be free of decay and extensive restorative work such as fillings and crowns. Gums must be healthy, too.

What is the active ingredient in professional teeth whitening gel?

It's hydrogen peroxide. It interacts with the organic matter embedded in tooth enamel, actually lifting it out so you or your dentist can rinse it away.

Will my whitening treatment last?

Yes, it should last months to even years, depending on how well you take care of your smile. If you smoke, try to stop. (See your physician about a tobacco cessation program.) Also, limit dark foods and beverages--coffee, blueberries, and soy sauce as examples. Or, try drinking your morning coffee with a straw! Don't forget to brush and floss carefully, and see your dental hygienist every six months for a professional cleaning.

Find out more

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says Americans value bright, beautiful smiles. To bring yours back to a youthful brightness and sparkle, look into professional teeth whitening with Dr. J. C. Duncan and his team in Huntersville, NC. Phone us to book a consultation: (704) 948-1300.