How often do you smile? How do you feel when you do? Are you confident or do you avoid showing your teeth? Many people are self-conscious about the color or shade of their teeth. Everyday eating and drinking habits can leave your teeth looking less than sparkling white. But you don’t have to put up with teeth that are yellowed or stained in most cases. There are professional treatments that can help you bust those stubborn stains and lighten those yellowed teeth, and at the office of Dr. Paulo J. Da Rosa, DDS, we can help with our teeth whitening services in Cumberland, RI.
Types of Teeth Stains Commonly Removed Through Professional Whitening
Even though professional teeth whitening works really well to break up and lighten most kinds of stains on the enamel, there can be some limitations. For the most part, you can expect to see stains removed or lightened that are caused by things like dark-colored drinks like coffee and tea and hardened plaque. Some stains are not removable with regular whitening. For example, discoloration that is caused by the early onset of decay or the breakdown of material inside the tooth will not be affected.
Common Patient Questions About Teeth Whitening Services
Our dental office aims to make every patient comfortable before any procedure. Take a look at some of the common questions patients tend to have about teeth whitening and the answers we want you to know.
Q. Will whitening my teeth make them more sensitive?
Some people do experience a bit more sensitivity immediately after whitening their teeth. However, this sensitivity should subside right after the treatment. Many people have bad experiences with home whitening treatments made with questionable ingredients that do cause higher tooth sensitivity.
Q. Can you get your teeth whitened if you have fillings?
You can still get your teeth whitened even if you do have fillings. However, it is important to note that filling material, such as composite resin, may not whiten the same way that your natural teeth do during professional whitening procedures. Therefore, there can be slight variances between the whiteness of your teeth and the fillings. This is usually only an issue if you have substantial fillings in front-facing teeth where it would be noticeable.
Q. How long will the whitening process take?
The length of time for a whitening appointment can vary depending on the procedures and products used. For most patients, the treatments can be completed in less than an hour.
Q. How can I maintain my whiter smile?
When you walk out of the dentist’s office with your new whiter, brighter smile, you will no doubt want to maintain your results as long as possible. Make sure you follow good dental hygiene by brushing and flossing daily, but you can also maintain results with a good ADA-approved whitening toothpaste. Avoid coffee, tea, and soda, as well as dark foods that can stain your teeth like dark berries.
Schedule an Appointment for Teeth Whitening in Cumberland, RI
There is no reason you should ever feel stuck with a dull or grim smile that only has stained teeth to offer. If you are interested in having your teeth professionally whitened, reach out to us at the office of Dr. Paulo J. Da Rosa, DDS for an appointment. We offer a full array of dental services, including teeth whitening, to help you feel better about your smile.