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What You Need to Know About Teeth Whitening

So, you’re thinking about whitening your teeth. We’re glad you’re here! We can help you. But we also understand you may have some reservations and questions–you’ve come to the right place!

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What causes teeth to stain?

The most common ways teeth stain are the following:

  1. Drinking coffee, non-herbal tea, wine, or soda.
  2. Eating foods such as berries and soy sauce.
  3. Smoking, chewing tobacco, or ingesting other substances with toxic tar.
  4. Tartar build-up on teeth from not brushing well, or brushing infrequently.
  5. Ingesting tetracycline antibiotics as a young child to treat infections.
  6. Exposure to too much fluoride causing intrinsic stains.
  7. Grinding teeth.
  8. Tooth trauma, or other occurrences that cause dead teeth.

What are the pros and cons of whitening?

The pros of whitening are mostly about appearance. Many people experience a boost of confidence and self esteem after getting their teeth whitened. Cons of whitening include potential sensitivity to gums and teeth. It’s best to talk to your dentist if you are worried about sensitivity. They can work with you to determine how sensitive you may be to whitening and the best course of action to take.

Is whitening bad for your teeth?

Whitening can cause tooth sensitivity, especially if you have pre-existing enamel problems. One way to help sensitivity is to use a sensitive toothpaste such as Colgate Sensitive. If bleach gets on your gums it can usually cause some irritation however, the whitening procedure takes great precaution to keep the bleach off your gums. Most affected areas will heal on their own after the bleach is removed!

There is also some concern over bleaching teeth if you have amalgam fillings. You can read more about amalgam fillings and bleaching here.

What is Zoom Whitening?

Zoom Whitening is a whitening procedure we use here at PreDentive! Our Zoom Whitening System takes about an hour and most of our patients see their teeth lighten 6 to 8 shades! We are extremely careful to protect your lips and gums before starting the whitening process.

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How do you maintain newly whitened teeth?

Here are the easiest ways to keep your smile white:

  1. Use a whitening toothpaste.
  2. Avoid tooth-staining foods like blueberries, blackberries and tomatoes.
  3. Drink through a straw when drinking beverages other than water.
  4. Quit smoking.


Let us know if you have any other questions about teeth whitening or our Zoom Whitening Process!

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