Teeth Whitening

Pittsburgh Sleep & Smile

Nancy Aharon, DDS

Dentist located in Turtle Creek, PA & Forrest Hills, Pittsburgh, PA

If you regularly consume coffee or tea, smoke, or have a thing for wine, you’ll know that keeping your teeth white is not easy. Dr. Nancy Aharon at Pittsburgh Sleep & Smile helps men and women in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, and nearby Pittsburgh brighten up their smile with top of the line teeth whitening services. Schedule an appointment online or call the office to learn more about how to get the white teeth you’re craving.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is one of the leading cosmetic dental procedures. It’s noninvasive, and quickly and effectively removes most of the stains and discolorations on your teeth.

Are there different types of teeth whitening treatments?

There are two types of professional teeth whitening:

  • Vital whitening, a gel applied directly to the teeth’s surface
  • Non-vital whitening for teeth treated with a root canal

How does teeth whitening work?

Professional teeth whitening is performed in the dentist’s office and is the most effective bleaching treatment to improve the appearance of discolored teeth.

During your whitening appointment, a team member at Pittsburgh Sleep & Smile applies a whitening gel containing carbamide peroxide on your teeth and then uses a specialized light to activate it. This accelerates the whitening rate. The entire procedure should take around 30 to 90 minutes.

There are no real limits as to how many whitening treatments you can have. However, everyone’s teeth respond differently to the whitening process. This is due to both genetics and to the severity of the stain on the tooth.

What are the side effects of teeth whitening?

There aren’t many known side effects of teeth whitening. Most often, patients experience tooth sensitivity for a short while and might notice irritation in the gums.

Before starting the whitening treatment, Dr. Aharon will review your medical and dental history to make sure you’re a good candidate and address any issues. If you’re pregnant, she will advise against teeth whitening because the effects of the whitening material are not yet known.

Does teeth whitening damage the enamel?

Teeth whitening does not damage tooth enamel. It’s considered the most robust tissue in the body, meaning that it’ll take a lot to damage it.

Does tooth whitening affect preexisting dental work?

There’s no indication that teeth whiteners affect preexisting dental work. However, traditional teeth whitening treatments might not be as successful on teeth that have undergone fillings, crowns, bonding, veneers, and bridges.  

How long does it last?

Professional teeth whitening treatments can last up to two years. For best results, you should regulate your intake of stain-causing food and drink, such as black tea, coffee, energy and sports drinks, curries, and berries, and make sure to follow-up with Dr. Aharon if you feel that the whitening isn’t lasting as long as expected.

Don’t wait for the brightest smile to come to you. Call  Pittsburgh Sleep & Smile to schedule an appointment or book an initial whitening consultation online.