Common Questions About Teeth Whitening

When it comes to improving the whiteness of your teeth, there are many common questions about how it all works. Here are some common questions about teeth whitening and what you may want to know before taking your next step!

How Soon Will I See the Results?

The results of teeth whitening depend on which teeth whitening method you use. You can choose either a home kit from a drugstore or a professional method performed by your dentist.

If you go the professional route, you could see results instantly, while at-home teeth whitening kits could take a week or so before you see results. 

How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

How long the teeth whitening lasts depends on the type of whitening method you use. Even if you choose professional whitening, you will most likely need a touch-up, but you will not need nearly as many touch-ups with an at-home whitening kit you get at a local drugstore.

If done with Dr. Foote’s protocol, daily use for 2-4 weeks is usually sufficient, and the results can last for many years. While continual bleaching is not expected, people may periodically “touch up” the results over time. 

Will Teeth Whitening Damage My Teeth?

If done correctly and with the oversight of a dentist, teeth whitening will not damage your teeth. If you experience any sensitivity, pain, or discomfort when using at-home whitening products, stop using them right away. Next, talk to your dentist about how to continue

When you get professional teeth whitening, the process is monitored by a dentist. You are informed about the process beforehand and can report any concerns. 

What Are the Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening?

With our method with Dr. Foote, our patients take home custom whitening trays, bleaching gel, and directions on how to use them. Though many over-the-counter products are available and work to an extent, our professional whitening is more effective. 

​​Bryan G. Foote, DDS, offers professional teeth whitening in the Columbia, Missouri area. Contact us today to share your teeth whitening goals and customize a plan for treatment!