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Overview

Teeth whitening can make a big difference in the quality of your smile. It will definitely brighten your teeth and restore the confidence back into your smile. However, teeth whitening may not be for everyone.

Certain factors may affect your ability to whiten, including:

1. Naturally discolored or sensitive teeth

2. White spots or decay on your teeth

3. Infected and bleeding gums

4. Existing fillings, crowns, or other dental work (especially involving front teeth)

The lifespan of whitened teeth can range from 4-12 months, depending on the

type of treatment used and your consumption of food and drink that can easily

stain teeth (such as blueberries, coffee, and tea).

To keep your teeth their whitest, it is important to practice good oral hygiene. 

Start with a consultation with Dr. Henna to determine if you may be a good candidate for whitening.

Types of Whiteners

Over-The-Counter

There are many over-the-counter whitening products available at your local drug store.  If using an over-the-counter whitening kit, choose one approved by the American Dental Association and follow the directions on its package. Store-bought kits require 7-30 days of consistent use for full effect. Individual results can vary.

Dentist-Supervised

Dentist-supervised treatments provide greater tooth whitening results faster than store bought kits. Two types of treatment are available:

An in-office treatment typically whitens teeth 5-10 shades within 60 minutes.
Dentist-dispensed take-home whitening kit contains a higher concentration of whitening agent than a store-bought kit and is as easy to use. You are likely to be more satisfied with the results of a Dentist-dispensed kit than by a store-bought kit.

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