Teeth Whitening

DeRose Dental

General Dentistry located in Racine, WI

Are you a regular coffee drinker? A smoker? Wine aficionado? Well, that would explain why you can’t shake off the stains on your teeth. Dr. Francesca DeRose and Dr. Maria DeRose Barnes at DeRose Dental help men and women living in or around Racine, Wisconsin, get rid of unwanted stains and brighten up their smile. Call or go online today to book a teeth whitening appointment.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

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What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a noninvasive cosmetic dental procedure that quickly and painlessly removes stains and discolorations on your teeth.

Jean Arthur, a restorative and cosmetic dentist in Providence, Rhode Island, invented the current version of teeth whitening in the 1980s, offering trays with peroxide. Today, close to 40 million people use teeth whitening services in the United States. DeRose Dental uses this proven method to give you the smile you desire.

What are the different types of teeth whitening treatments?

The two types of professional teeth whitening are:

Vital whitening

Your dentist applies a gel applied directly to the surface of your tooth.

Non-vital whitening

Non-vital whitening is sometimes necessary when you’ve had a root canal, as a root canal can discolor your teeth over time.

How does teeth whitening work?

The team at DeRose Dental performs all teeth whitening services outside the office by providing custom-made take-home trays for you to continue your treatment at home.

During your visit, your dentist creates a fitted mouthpiece that you take home with you. A team member gives you a carbamide peroxide-based whitening gel that you put in the mouthpiece at home. The entire procedure takes between 30 and 90 minutes.

This process can be repeated as many times as you’d like, though your dentist monitors your reaction to the treatment to make sure everything goes smoothly every time.

What are the side effects of teeth whitening?

There aren’t many side effects of teeth whitening. Most commonly, patients experience tooth sensitivity immediately after the procedure, as well as light gum irritation.

The team at DeRose Dental examines your medical and dental history before starting the treatment. That way, if anything comes up as a red flag, they know not to proceed.

Does teeth whitening damage the enamel?

Teeth whitening doesn’t damage tooth enamel. It’s considered the most robust tissue in the body, meaning that it can take a lot to damage it.

Does teeth whitening affect pre-existing dental work?

There have been no instances of whitening damaging pre-existing dental work. Nevertheless, crowns, fillings, bonding, veneers, and bridges might make results more difficult to see.

How long does it last?

The team at DeRose Dental manufactures custom trays uniquely suited to your teeth so that they can last for up to 10 years. You’ll need to purchase more bleach every two years or so.  

Your dentist at DeRose Dental helps you establish healthy dental hygiene, and provides you with useful tips as to what stain-causing foods and beverages to avoid.

It’s time for you to get rid of those unwanted to stains. Contact DeRose Dental by phone or online today to book a teeth whitening appointment.