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Is Teeth Whitening Worth It?

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Is Teeth Whitening Worth It?

Postby marvinark » Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:51 pm

My dentist told me that I should consider having my teeth whitened. Is it worth spending the money to get it professionally done, use teeth whitening strips, or use teeth whitening tooth paste?

Any suggestions or Ideas? :D
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Re: Is Teeth Whitening Worth It?

Postby HappyBill » Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:09 pm

Depends on how much you have to pay. But teeth whitening does make a big difference. If your teeth are in bad shape then having a dentist do it the first time is the way to go.

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Re: Is Teeth Whitening Worth It?

Postby Claudia.C » Thu Sep 30, 2010 7:04 pm

Hey marvinark!

Decided to go to the dentist for the professional whitening yet?

Everyone is correct in the fact that you simply will not get the results with a at home whitening kit that would be the equivalent to a professional in-office bleaching treatment. ( Unless is a take home kit prescribed by your dentist, not the drugstrore kind)

Think about a whitening strip, its a flat seran wrap piece of film that has some bleaching material in it..... strips cannot adhere to every contour and crevice between ( in the interproximal areas) your teeth. That means that the front flat surface gets treated but the interproximals don't. You also run into the problem of burning the gums if the film sits on soft tissue.

Even the drugstore brands that give you a tray and a light.......the tray is not custom fitted to your teeth so it will result in uneven whitening. And the lights they are advertising...hmmmmm...ill pass on those. The ZOOM! light used in the office is what I would rely on.

In my opinion, whitening strips can help if you've already bleached and this is your follow up at home, other than that. blah.

Also, like jjjareau said, if you have current dental problems and you try to bleach over a tooth that may have a cavity or something.....trust me....you'll regret the attempt to do it yourself. By having your doctor monitor your in office bleaching session they can make sure that no soft tissue is being burned, and that your teeth are in sound condition for a whitening.

Again, tooth pastes that claim to bleach aren't really going to make you have a suddenly pearly white smile. They are great for maintenance of bleached teeth, but do not expect miracles. Tooth pastes generally "whiten" but do not "bleach". By "whiten" I mean that they polish the tooth, removes surface stains, but is not actually making your tooth WHITER, make sense? Hope this helps!

Please tell us what you end up planning on doing! :D
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Re: Is Teeth Whitening Worth It?

Postby fireworksandsparklers » Wed Mar 21, 2012 3:16 pm

But are all these procedures and practices bad for your teeth in general? Can the whitening process damage the permanent structures of the tooth?
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Re: Is Teeth Whitening Worth It?

Postby verrinna » Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:06 pm

THEN AGAIN IT DEPENDS ON YOUR ORAL SURGEON TOO B'CUZ YOU HAVE SOME DENTIST WHO TELL YOU THAT YOU NEED TO GET FOLLOW UP WHITENING TREATMENTS AFTER THE 1ST SESSION.... EVERY SO OFTEN (MAYBE 2-4Xs A YEAR) DEPENDING ON THE CURRENT COLOR OF THE TEETH AND THE POTENTIAL COLOR OUTCOME AS WELL. HAVE YOU LOOKED INTO VENEERS? (WHITER + STRAIGHTER TEETH PACKAGE) :|
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Re: Is Teeth Whitening Worth It?

Postby trixa » Thu Aug 02, 2012 1:37 pm

I had zoom whitening done by my dentist, and I would not recommend it. It was very painful after!!!! At first your teeth look super white because they are dehydrated I was told. The color settles in a few weeks, which basically meant that they weren't overly white after for me.

I find using crest white strips does a good job without the pain. I buy the professional effects ones and like them. Yes they don't cover all your teeth, but you could use more than one if you want. Also I have had trays made by my dentist and used the syringes of gel. That was good also, but a little more sensitive, so I had to be careful about how long and how often I used it.

I think either of those two options are better than the intense one time whitening in a dentist's chair. It honestly was sooo painful later that evening. I was crying in pain.
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Re: Is Teeth Whitening Worth It?

Postby JennyWilson » Sat Jan 25, 2014 1:11 am

Generally, tooth whitening is successful in at least 90 percent of patients. As a rule of thumb, yellow-colored teeth respond well to whitening, while brownish-colored teeth don’t respond as well. Gray stains caused by smoking, taking tetracycline or fluorosis (ingestion of too much fluoride) most likely will not be dramatically changed by tooth whitening...
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