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Teeth Whitening in Joliet IL

It is hard not to want the same incredibly white smile we see possessed by our favorite actors in movies and television. When you smile for a photo, especially on social media, we want a mouthful of white teeth. Don’t you agree?

You may have tried whitening toothpaste, and found that you are still far from having bright white teeth. This is because teeth whitening is a complicated procedure. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions that can send you down the wrong road.

Today, we want to answer some of the most common questions about teeth whitening.

Can teeth whitening cause nerve damage? — Done correctly, teeth whitening has no negative effects on the gums, roots, or the inside of teeth. This misconception comes from unregulated hydrogen peroxide levels outside the U.S.

Does teeth whitening have any side effects? — Teeth whitening is safe, and this comes directly from the American Dental Association. However, some home kits can cause tooth sensitivity and gum irritation.

Are teeth whitening treatments painful? — The procedure itself is painless, but teeth and gums can become sensitive. This is from the hydrogen peroxide in the whitener, and can last up to 24 hours.

Do results from teeth whitening last forever? — Teeth whitening results are permanent, but that does not mean teeth will not slowly develop new stains. Permanent only means the old stains do not reemerge. So, we recommend regular touch-ups.

Does teeth whitening damage enamel? — Enamel damage was a concern at one time. The Journal of American Dental Association reports tooth enamel damage does not have an increased probability.

Do teeth whiten evenly? — No, they respond differently. For example, grey teeth are more difficult to whiten than yellow teeth. Moreover, fillings, crowns, and dentures to not whiten.

Is whitening toothpaste a budget-friendly option? — Whitening toothpaste removes the surface stains. They do not change the color of your teeth. Nonetheless, the abrasive ingredients used can cause tooth sensitivity. Occasional use is ok, but not as your everyday toothpaste.

If you would like to talk more about teeth whitening or anything else, please contact us.

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