Frequently Asked Questions
Is teeth whitening bad for your teeth?
No, teeth whitening treatments are completely safe. While you may experience some sensitivity following a whitening treatment, it’s usually mild and will diminish within a few weeks.
If you normally have sensitive teeth, be sure to let one of our dentists know and we’ll inform you of the best treatment options to address your concern. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask one of our team members and we’ll be happy to help you.
How long do the teeth whitening effects last?
The effects of the treatment typically last one year. Our patients usually come in for another treatment around that time. Certain lifestyle habits can impact the duration of the effects. You’ll want to follow a few tips to get the most out of your new white smile:
- Avoid tobacco use
- Limit food and beverages that tend to stain
- Use a straw
- Brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, and rinse after meals
In addition to following the above-mentioned guidelines, you’ll want to visit your dentist biannually for professional cleanings so they can remove any plaque and tartar to keep your teeth white and looking their best.
Is the dental crown procedure painful?
Drs Oettinger, Sulik, and Cook strive to ensure our patients’ comfort at all times. In many cases, a crown is used to protect a tooth with severe decay, so this tooth may be especially sensitive.
One of our dentists will thoroughly numb the area before beginning treatment, so you won’t feel any pain. Following the procedure, you may feel some sensitivity. Any discomfort will be mild and can easily be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers or a cold compress.
How long do tooth-colored fillings last?
Tooth-colored composite fillings are designed to last anywhere from seven to 10 years, or possibly even longer with good oral hygiene. This means brushing twice a day and flossing daily, along with scheduling regular check-ups and dental cleanings with your general dentist. By doing so, you’ll maintain healthy teeth and gums to last a lifetime.