In-Office Teeth Whitening: Patient FAQs

Are you self-conscious about the shade of your teeth? Thankfully, in-office teeth whitening in Gilbert, AZ is easy to find and highly effective. While in-office whitening has grown increasingly common as a cosmetic dental procedure, many patients still have questions. Take a look at a few of the most common patient FAQs about getting your teeth whitened by a dentist.

How quickly will I see results?

The true advantage of in-office teeth whitening is you see the results immediately. Even with professionally-provided home whitening kits, you won’t see the full whitening results for around 10 to 14 days. You simply visit the office for your treatment, which takes about 90 minutes in total, and walk away with a whiter, brighter smile.

Will in-office whitening make my teeth more sensitive?

You may experience some mild sensitivity immediately after your appointment and potentially during the few days following your appointment. However, these changes in sensitivity to hot or cold will go away soon after treatment and are not a sign that anything is wrong.

Can you get your teeth whitened if you’ve had dental work performed?

If you have dental fillings, crowns, or other dental work in the teeth that are visible when you smile, teeth whitening may not work the same on these areas. Before your treatment, the dentist will discuss how a whitening procedure could affect these areas. In some cases, dental work may need to be mended to prevent irregularities in tooth shades. For example, a composite filling is tinted to be the natural color of your teeth when installed, but may not respond to in-office whitening the same. Therefore, the filling may have to be replaced.

Looking for a dentist in Gilbert, AZ for teeth whitening? Reach out to us at the office of Kathy Jacobsen Contemporary Dentistry to schedule an appointment.