questions about teeth whitening

questions about teeth whiteningServing Choto, Northshore, and surrounding areas of Knoxville, TN

Achieve the brighter smile you have always wanted by receiving a professional whitening treatment from the team of cosmetic dental professionals at Choto Family Dentistry.

Here are some common questions about teeth whitening:

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes. The professional whitening treatments used by your Northshore cosmetic dentist are proven safe. They also provide phenomenal looking results while causing minimal, if any, sensitivity in teeth, unlike those store bought brands of whitening strips.

Why should I choose a professional whitening treatment, as opposed to using an over-the-counter whitening product?

Thanks to advances in dental technology, having a bright, white smile has become the societal norm. Walk into any grocery store or pharmacy, and you can find a huge assortment of over-the-counter whitening kits. These products will whiten your teeth, but only for a short amount of time. This is because over-the-counter whitening kits use a less concentrated version of the whitening gel. Over-the-counter products also are known for causing increased sensitivity in teeth and, because the results are not long-lasting, this sensitivity only gets worse during repeat applications.

By contrast, the professional whitening treatments provided by Choto Family Dentistry represent the cutting edge of whitening technology available, applied with a higher concentration of whitening gel than you can purchase over the counter. These professional treatments produce exceptional results that last much longer than store bought whitening treatments.

A teeth whitening treatment involves applying a gel with a whitening agent to teeth to make them whiter and brighter. The professional treatments provided by your Northshore cosmetic dentist employ a more concentrated version of this gel. By using this higher concentration, our patients enjoy better results that will last longer without producing enhanced sensitivity in teeth—a common consequence of using an over-the-counter whitening kit.

Why are my teeth discolored?

Teeth become dull and yellow as a natural part of the aging process. This occurs because of the dentin on the interior of your teeth, which is yellow. As you get older, the enamel covering this dentin thins, gradually giving your teeth a yellowed appearance.

Personal habits or oral hygiene also can stain your teeth. Using tobacco in any form causes discoloration, as can regular consumption of foods and drinks such as dark berries, beets, coffee, tea, soft drinks, and red wine.

Discoloration can also occur as a result of intrinsic staining, which occurs when your teeth are stained on the inside—something that typically happens as a result of certain medications taken during childhood such as tetracycline.

Is teeth whitening expensive?

A professional whitening treatment is considered to be one of the most efficient, affordable options in all of cosmetic dentistry. It also is a wiser investment than using over-the-counter whitening kits, which will not produce the same quality of results.

How long will my teeth whitening treatment last?

To make your whitening procedure last as long as possible, be sure to maintain a good regimen of oral hygiene that includes brushing twice per day, flossing daily, and seeing your dentist twice per year for a professional cleaning and thorough examination of your oral health. Also, limit your consumption of substances that may stain your teeth.

Teeth Whitening in Knoxville

We offer our professional treatments both in-office or take home treatments that include either custom trays or prefilled trays.

To learn more about our teeth whitening procedures or any of our other cosmetic dental treatments, contact Choto Family Dentistry by calling (865) 409-5077 to schedule a consultation.

We welcome patients of Knoxville, Tennessee, and the surrounding areas of Choto and Northshore.