These days, teeth whitening products are available everywhere. You might consider whitening your teeth on your own, without talking to your dentist. However, there are many good reasons to work with your dentist for teeth whitening.

First, a dentist can inspect your teeth to make sure they’re healthy and will respond to teeth whitening. Healthy teeth need additional care beyond whitening. Some teeth won’t respond to whitening at all. Talking to a dentist can save you time and money you’d waste trying to whiten those teeth.

A dentist also has access to stronger whiteners. The whiteners dentists use are stronger so they can provide more dramatic results.

Finally, working with a dentist offers improved safety. Whiteners over the counter are safe and effective when used properly, but that’s not always easy. Working with a dentist ensures your whiteners will be used properly.

Most discoloration of your teeth is caused by dark organic compounds that get trapped in your enamel. Teeth whitening works to remove these stains. Most of the time, we use peroxide that breaks down the stain molecules, making  your teeth bright again.

However, if your teeth are discolored by other causes, whitening might not work.

Spokane cosmetic dentists, Drs. Ken & Marnie Collins use the Zoom whitening system, which can whiten teeth an average of eight shades.  (The average tube of whitening toothpaste claims to whiten two shades.)  However, if you don’t need such a dramatic change, you can talk with Drs. Ken & Marnie Collins about your preferences.

In addition, you can improve your whitening results using our at-home whitening kit. The only limits to how white your teeth can be is the color and thickness of your natural enamel.

Lifestyle choices affect the length of time the teeth whitening lasts.  Every person will have different results based on what they choose to eat or drink.  The results can last for up to two years, but if you need six cups of coffee a day to remain functional at work, it won’t last nearly that long.

Fortunately, with the at-home whitening kit we supply, you can maintain your results for life.

Insurance never covers what is deemed a cosmetic issue, which is work done simply for appearance.  While the greater confidence you have in your smile might get you a better job or a promotion, teeth whitening still only counts as a cosmetic change.

There are a variety of choices in teeth whitening, such as Zoom teeth whitening or take home whitening trays that use a combination of peroxide and bleach to whiten teeth.  However, in more extreme cases, or if there are other issues such as gaps or chips, you may find that porcelain veneers are a better option.

If you have other questions about teeth whitening or are ready to make an appointment in the Spokane, WA area, please contact Drs. Ken & Marnie Collins online or call their office at (509) 532-1111 in Spokane.