When making any decision regarding your health and wellness, you should always start by doing plenty of research. If you've considered professional teeth whitening, there is plenty of information online about how it works, costs, and how long it takes. If you still have some lingering questions about the whitening process, Dr. William Ralstin and Dr. Lindsay Horwedel of Ft. Worth, Texas, are here to help.
How much whiter will my teeth be afterward?
The amount your teeth will whiten depends on several factors, including the severity of the staining and the natural color of your teeth. Many of your Ft. Worth dentist's patients see a difference of six to eight shades brighter after a whitening session. Discussing your goals for a whiter smile with Dr. Ralstin or Dr. Horwedel will help you determine the best way to achieve them.
Will my teeth be sensitive after whitening?
Not everyone will experience sensitivity after teeth whitening, but many people do. Fortunately, this is a temporary side effect. It is caused by naturally-occurring minerals in the teeth being cleared away with the whitening solution. These minerals keep the inside of the teeth insulated from hot and cold temperatures, so you may experience some degree of sensitivity for a few days after your treatment while the teeth remineralize. Using a toothpaste designed to reduce sensitivity along with a soft-bristled toothbrush makes the process quicker and easier.
How long will my teeth be white?
Now that you have a bright new smile, you want it to last as long as possible! First, choosing a professional whitening treatment like those offered by your Ft. Worth dentist is an excellent investment; the high-quality, concentrated gel we use is designed to produce more dramatic and longer-lasting results than what you'd get from drugstore products. There are also steps you can take once you leave Dr. Ralstin’s and Dr. Horwedel’s office. Avoid stain-causing foods and beverages to ensure the longevity of your whitening treatment. Take care of your teeth daily with good quality whitening toothpaste and a non-abrasive brush.
To schedule a whitening treatment with Dr. William Ralstin or Dr. Lindsay Horwedel, contact our dental office in Ft. Worth, Texas today!