Answers to Common Questions About Teeth-Whitening

Updated: Feb 27


There are some dental services that everybody needs to maintain the health of their smile, such as professional cleaning and checkups. There are others that will only be necessary in extreme cases, and that most patients can avoid with proper care and maintenance, such as the need to fill or restore a tooth. However, some treatments are common enough that most people will choose them, even if the need isn’t serious to their oral health. For example, professional teeth-whitening can help most patients significantly improve their smiles when their teeth become naturally stained over time.

Are you sure teeth-whitening will work?

Teeth-whitening is the most convenient of all cosmetic dental treatments because, if you choose, you can perform it yourself, from the comfort of home. The way teeth-whitening works is with the help of a professional-strength bleaching agent that gently but effectively breaks up and removes stains on your teeth’s surfaces. To ensure that the procedure will work for your teeth stains, though, your dentist will first perform a thorough examination to diagnose the type and source of your teeth stains. If they aren’t on the surface, or if they indicate a more serious concern with your oral health, then you may require a different treatment option.

Will it take a long time to brighten your smile?

If teeth-whitening is the best way to brighten your smile, then the good news is that the treatment doesn’t take long to complete, even if you are the one administering it. Our take-home teeth-whitening kit consists of a set of custom-designed whitening trays that fit over your teeth. These trays allow you to apply the gel to the surfaces of your teeth for a couple of hours each day, and in about 10 days, can successfully brighten your smile by several shades. You can even keep the trays and stock up on bleaching agent from your dentist the next time your teeth become dull and need a touchup.

What if you’re in a hurry to whiten your teeth?

A significantly improved smile in 10 days is quite a feat, but for some patients, the need for a brighter smile is a pressing one. If you’re in a hurry to look your best for a wedding, business trip, or other important upcoming engagement, then we might suggest in-office whitening with our advanced Zoom! system. Zoom! whitening allows us to apply the gel to your teeth surfaces and stimulate it with a special light, rapidly removing your teeth stains and brightening your teeth in just over an hour.

Learn more about cosmetic teeth-whitening

Your teeth might stain naturally over time, but with professional teeth-whitening, brightening them can be easier than you might expect. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384.

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