Teeth Whitening FAQs

December 5, 2017 - 3 minutes read

In the world of cosmetic dentistry, few treatments are as universally popular and desired as tooth whitening. Why? In one visit, your smile can be several shades brighter, and allow you to look and feel your best. Yet, Jack Fong, DDS in Amarillo, TX wants our patients to also get the very most out of their treatments and offers up the following teeth whitening aftercare tips to help you get great results.

As your chosen dentist in Amarillo, we are always about optimal oral healthcare. That means our teeth whitening specialist will ensure that your teeth and gums are in the best of health before doing the treatment. After all, it is silly to whiten teeth that need restoration or some general dentistry treatments such as cleanings. Once these steps are out of the way, we can then perform the whitening.

The first step is usually to help you figure out why your teeth might be discolored or stained. Are you a smoker? Do you drink staining fluids like coffee, wine, tea or other similar beverages? Does your diet feature a lot of starchy and/or sugary foods? What kinds of medications do you take? Any of these issues can affect your teeth and lead to the need for a visit to the cosmetic dentist for some teeth whitening. However, those same issues can make teeth whitening aftercare much more challenging.

After all, if you get whitening and yet continue to smoke or drink lots of cola, your treatment may not last as long. Does that mean that teeth whitening aftercare is limited to making lifestyle changes? No, you also need to remember that your teeth may feel a bit sensitive for 48 hours after treatment. If you are already prone to tooth sensitivity, part of your teeth whitening aftercare will include using a desensitizing toothpaste to reduce any discomfort. Finally, we can offer you some take home whitening treatments to do a few “touch ups” between regular visits.

Brighten Your Smile with Professional Teeth Whitening

As you can see, teeth whitening is not at all complex, and if you are ready for a brighter smile, just give us a call at our Amarillo, TX office at 806-353-8184. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.