Teeth Whitening: Frequently Asked Questions and Expert Answers

Teeth whitening is an increasingly popular treatment for those who desire a whiter and brighter smile. However, before embarking on this journey, it is important to be informed. In this article, we have collected the most frequent questions about teeth whitening and presented them to Dr. Frabboni for clear and detailed answers.

What is Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening is a process aimed at reducing or eliminating stains and lightening the color of teeth, using bleaching agents such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.

What Causes Teeth Stains?

Teeth stains can be caused by several factors, including:

  • Consumption of staining foods and beverages, such as coffee, tea, and red wine.
  • Cigarette smoking.
  • Aging, which leads to the thinning of dental enamel and darkening of the underlying dentin.
  • Use of certain medications especially at a young age but also as adults.

What Are the Teeth Whitening Options Available?

There are mainly three categories of teeth whitening:

  • Professional: Performed in a dental clinic, uses higher concentrations of bleaching agents for quick results.
  • At-Home Supervised by a Dentist: Here, the dentist provides custom-fitted trays and a bleaching gel to use at home for a specified period.
  • Do-It-Yourself: Includes over-the-counter products like whitening strips, gels, and toothpastes that can be used at home, but it must be said, with often dubious effectiveness and safety.

Is Teeth Whitening Permanent?

No, teeth whitening is not permanent. The duration of results varies based on factors like diet and oral hygiene habits or the use of certain medications. Maintenance treatments may be necessary to maintain results. Normally, with the protocols used by Dr. Frabboni, a whitening recall is not needed before 3-5 years. In these cases, a single week’s application is sufficient and there’s no need to redo the entire initial process.

Does Teeth Whitening Damage the Teeth?

When performed correctly and under the supervision of a dentist, teeth whitening with carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide is generally safe. As demonstrated by scientific literature. However, excessive use of over-the-counter whitening products without professional control can lead to tooth sensitivity and enamel damage.

What Are the Side Effects?

The most common side effects are tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. These effects are usually temporary and disappear a few days after treatment.

Can I Whiten My Teeth if I Have Restorations (like crowns or fillings)?

Teeth whitening does not affect the materials used in dental restorations. Therefore, if you have crowns, fillings, or veneers, it’s important to consult your dentist to discuss the available options.

Is There a Minimum Age for Teeth Whitening?

It’s generally recommended to wait until all permanent teeth have emerged, usually around 16 years of age, before considering teeth whitening. However, it can also be performed in older age.

What Foods and Drinks Should I Avoid After Treatment?

After treatment, it’s better to avoid foods and drinks that can stain teeth, such as coffee, tea, red wine, and foods with intense colorants, for at least 48 hours.

How Can I Maintain the Results of Whitening?

To maintain the results of whitening:

  • Maintain good oral hygiene.
  • Reduce foods and drinks that stain teeth.
  • Consider periodic professional visits and cleanings.

Conclusion: An Informed Look for a Bright Smile

Teeth whitening can be an excellent solution for improving the aesthetics of your smile. However, it is crucial to be informed and act responsibly. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Frabboni, contact us in Bologna at 344-3433540 and in Faenza at 388-0576093.

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0546/21132 – +39 388 057 6093

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The Oral Atelier srl uninominale

Poliambulatorio odontoiatrico monospecialistico
Dir.Sanitario dr. Pier carlo frabboni
Iscrizione ord. Medici ed odontoiatri di bologna n° 726 del 05/04/1994

051/471964 – +39 344 343 3540

Via Toscana n.52
40141 BOLOGNA

Dr. Pier Carlo Frabboni

Studio di Odontoiatria ed Estetica Dentale Dr. Pier Carlo Frabboni
Iscrizione ord. medici ed odontoiatri di Bologna n°726 del 05/04/1994

0546/21132 – +39 388 057 6093

Corso Baccarini n.15
48018 FAENZA

info@piercarlofrabboni.com