Teeth Whitening FAQs
Are you interested in teeth whitening? A lot of our patients at Al Berger, DDS in Oakdale, NY have experienced the benefits of this amazing cosmetic service, but you may have some questions before you decide to go for it. That’s why we’ve put together a list of teeth whitening FAQs to help our patients understand teeth whitening and how it can help.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
At Al Berger, DDS, we use KoR teeth whitening, which can whiten your teeth by several shades. For the best results, we will take an impression of your teeth and create customized dental trays for you. Then we will give you your KoR bleaching gel and you’ll use it at home with your dental trays for about two weeks.
Why Not Just Use Over-the-Counter Whitening Products?
The teeth whitening products you’ll find at drug stores and supermarkets do not have the same active ingredients that professional whitening products have. If you buy and use them, you may notice a minor difference in the shade of your teeth, but you definitely won’t notice anything impressive. If you have stained or yellowed teeth, you’ll want better results than that.
How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?
When you come in for tooth whitening, you will notice results as soon as you’re done with your treatments. You should remember, that your teeth can become stained again very quickly if you go back to the habits that stained them in the first place. Smoking, drinking wine and coffee, eating staining foods and even taking some medications can dull or yellow your teeth.
Fortunately, if you use your trays and a little bit of KoR teeth bleaching gel once a month for a touch-up whitening, you’ll notice that the effects last for much longer, even if you don’t give up any of your favorite foods or beverages or if you’re on medication that affects your teeth.
Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?
Absolutely not. Your customized trays will keep the bleaching gel from leaking out and potentially irritating your gums and the gel is very gentle. If you have very sensitive teeth, you may want to talk to Dr. Berger about your options and the best teeth whitening method for you.