Most frequent questions and answers
Hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide are the agents used in professional bleaching procedures. The peroxide enters the teeth and whitens the inside layers (dentin) of the teeth.
Crest Whitestrips do work, but not as well as the professional systems we provide at City South Dental. Crest Whitestrips use a lower concentration peroxide gel in pre-formed strips that you stick to your teeth. It’s like a prescription: you can buy an over-the-counter aspirin for your headache and it will help the pain, however your doctor can prescribe a much stronger pain killer.
The best answer to this question is: it depends. Some people smoke. Some people drink coffee, tea, or red wine every day. Some people drink only an occasional coffee drink. These foods, beverages, and habits will stain your teeth. A good rule of thumb is that if it will stain a white shirt, it will stain your teeth. So, if you never do things that stain your teeth, then your whitening results will last a long time. If you do, the results will more quickly fade over time. The bright side (pun intended!) is that after a teeth whitening procedure, the insides of your teeth will not likely ever return to the dark shade where they began. We also offer inexpensive touch-ups and whitening polishes that will quickly and easily get your teeth back to their whitest shade.
The answer depends on which system you are using, how dark your teeth are to start with, and how white you want your teeth to be. If you are using an at-home system, the typical systems require you to whiten every day for 10 days to 2 weeks. If your teeth are very dark to begin with, it may take several weeks of wearing trays while you sleep. Finally, if you are using an in-office system, it takes on average 3 procedures to reach maximum brightness. Sometimes, patients will use the in-office dental whitening procedure as a jump-start to an at-home teeth whitening procedure in order to maximize the results.
You can expect that with an City South Dental professional whitening system your teeth will get on average 3 to 5 shades whiter. If your teeth are already very bright to start with, they may only get a couple of shades lighter as there is a limit to how white natural teeth can get. Until you reach this this plateau, the more you whiten, the whiter your teeth will get. For people who want their teeth whiter than nature will allow, or people who want the maximum results immediately, porcelain veneers or no-prep veneers are an excellent treatment option. Porcelain veneers are not limited to nature’s plateaus, and they give you the freedom to choose any shade you desire for your smile.