Teeth Whitening Specialist

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Roach Family Dentistry & Associates

Dentists & Family, Cosmetic & Restorative Dentists located in Green Hills, Nashville, TN

For expert teeth whitening, Roach Family Dentistry is the premier resource for patients in the greater Nashville, Tennessee area.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Should I Get My Teeth Whitened?

Teeth whitening continues to be the most popular cosmetic dental procedure. The procedure is fast, pain-free and a great confidence booster. Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure, not required for dental health. That said, stained teeth can certainly detract from a person’s appearance and make him or her look older. Stains are caused by diet, medications, and radiation or chemotherapy. Noticeable stains from drinking tea, coffee, and red wine are caused by compounds called chromogens in these beverages. Teeth can also become yellowed if the enamel wears and the under layer (dentin) shows through. Veneers and implants aren’t affected by whitening.

How Are Teeth Whitened?

At Roach Family Dentistry, we use the advanced Zoom Teeth Whitening system, which can brighten tooth color up to 10 shades in about an hour. Professional teeth whitening offers substantial more noticeable improvement that at-home, over-the- counter products. Dentists usually use carbamide peroxide, which is stronger than the hydrogen peroxide used in at-home systems. In addition, they often use a laser to boost the lightening effect. Multiple treatments can be administered, if necessary. Also, at-home whiteners can damage the gums and tooth enamel. The gums are protected with a special dental “dam” and the solution is painted on the teeth and allowed to stand for a short period.

Are There Any Problems with Tooth Whitening?

Occasionally, tooth whitening can make teeth temporarily sensitive to heat or cold but our experienced hygienists offer preventative solutions so you don’t need to worry. For expert teeth whitening, Roach Family Dentistry is the premier resource for patients in the area of Nashville, Tennessee.

What if Tooth Whitening Doesn’t Work?

Teeth that are yellowed usually respond well to whitening. However, grayish teeth are less likely to be affected by the peroxide solution. If a stain is deep in the tooth, the peroxide solution may not be able to remove the entire stain. Some stains, like those from medications or discolorations from injuries, may not respond to whitening at all. Other options such as veneers may be considered when whitening is unsuccessful.