Tooth Whitening: How Bright Is Too Bright?

Closeup of a woman with perfect teeth smiling Are you thinking about having your teeth professionally whitened at your dentist’s office? If so, you may be wondering just how bright you really want your teeth to be. You want them to look whiter, brighter, and stunning – but you also want them to look natural. Read on for some information about tooth whitening!

Professional Tooth Whitening

Having your teeth whitened at your dentist’s office has many benefits over using those kits you can get at the grocery store. Professional tooth whitening is safe and effective. You’ll see results quickly, which is great if you have a job interview or an important event coming up very soon. And, those results will last you for a long time to come, as long as you have good oral health care habits and stay away from foods and drinks that can stain teeth. But when it is all said and done, how white do you want your teeth to be?

Keep in mind:

  • You can always have another whitening treatment. Although you can go up to seven shades whiter, most people opt for two or three shades whiter. This can still make a dramatic difference, and it is also easier to have another treatment to whiten your teeth more than to deal with teeth that are too white.
  • Your restorations won’t be affected by whitening treatments. Any fillings or crowns you have won’t become whiter like your teeth do. You might want to take this into account when you are choosing how white you want your teeth to be, so that your restorations and your teeth match.
  • Whitening can’t hide every stain. If your teeth have very dark stains, whitening may not be able to hide them, and they may stand out even more if the stain is surrounded by newly whitened teeth. Veneers may be an option if you have stains on your teeth even after whitening.

Are you considering a tooth whitening procedure? The staff at Pound Ridge Cosmetic Dentistry in Pound Ridge, New York, can help you to decide what shade of white you want and can answer any other questions you have. Call 914-468-4759 for an appointment today!


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