After a tooth whitening treatment, patients leave our Troy Cosmetic Dentist Office feeling proud of their sparkling smile and amazed at the immediate difference it makes in their appearance. Occasionally a patient may be somewhat disappointed because they do not see the dramatic results they expected.
There can be several reasons for this. Quite often, the results of a professional teeth whitening treatment are not fully apparent until several days after the procedure. Everyone has different expectations, and this can make a big difference in how satisfied they are.
Choosing the Right White
A handheld shade guide is used to measure the level of whitening that can be expected by the patient. If you have a specific outcome in mind, ask to see the shade guide so that our dentist understands your expectations and can discuss any potential obstacles to obtaining the shade you desire.
Types of Stains on Teeth
Staining of teeth is intrinsic, extrinsic or both. Intrinsic staining is usually a result of trauma, aging, too much tetracycline (a common antibiotic), or excessive use of fluoride. These stains are harder to eliminate and may require an in-office treatment followed by at home whitening. Extrinsic stains result from certain foods, beverages, and normal wear. In the case of extrinsic stains, whitening at our Troy Cosmetic Dentist Office is usually very effective.
How Much Whitening is Too Much?
Some people believe that tooth whitening will cause their teeth to become too white. They are worried that the result will be unnatural. In reality, patients can usually expect a difference of two to seven shades with in-office or home whitening kit. Bleaching can produce wonderful results, but it can only reveal the natural whiteness of your tooth enamel.
Many people can benefit from even moderate whitening. It can make a person look more youthful and is an excellent solution for patients who have dental staining or discoloration. Contact our dentist office if you have questions about whitening your teeth. We will be happy to take the time to sit down with you to explain exactly what you can expect.