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Helpful Answers to Your Teeth Whitening Questions

Here at Kmart Dental we are always happy to inform and educate patients on our various services, including professional teeth whitening in North Miami Beach. Here are some of the most common questions we encounter about this procedure:

Why do teeth get stained in the first place? Tooth enamel is not as solid as it appears -- it actually contains countless tiny pores, and these pores can trap substances and coloring agents over time, producing stains that simply won't come off no matter how hard you brush. Red wine, tobacco smoke, coffee, tea and other substances can all contribute to discoloration.

How can brighter, white teeth improve my quality of life? While white teeth are not a requirement for dental health, they can help you feel more self-confident in your daily interactions with others. This can have a huge impact on your career, personal life, and self-image.

Why is professional whitening better than home whitening kits? Home whitening kits contain weak, non-prescription levels of peroxide, the same bleaching agent used by dental professionals. As a result, you may have to use the product several times a day for weeks before you obtain a noticeable change in your smile. To make matters worse, the trays or strips included in these kits are typically messy and ill-fitting, causing irritation to the gums. Our professional teeth whitening in North Miami Beach provides much more dramatic results, and we take steps to protect your gums from irritation.

How long does a whitening session take? Teeth whitening in North Miami Beach usually takes an hour or less, and in that period of time your teeth may grow up to 10 shades whiter. This makes it ideal for those who don't want to spend weeks bothering with home kits only to be disappointed by the results.

Does teeth whitening hurt? The whitening process causes no discomfort for most patients, apart from slight tooth sensitivity that fades fairly quickly after treatment. If you have unusually sensitive teeth, however, we can talk about alternatives to whitening.

When should I consider alternatives to teeth whitening? Other than the issue of oversensitive teeth, you may want to consider another cosmetic dentistry option if your teeth have been discolored in a manner that peroxide cannot effectively treat, such as tetracycline poisoning. Dental bonding or porcelain veneers can overlay this discoloration with a bright but natural-looking new surface. If your teeth have suffered cracks, breakage or other defects as well as discoloration, you may want to have porcelain veneers or bonding applied to correct these issues while also achieving a brilliantly white smile.

Your Teeth Whitening Resource

If you seek professional teeth whitening in North Miami Beach, rest assured that you have come to right place by consulting Kmart Dental. We will be happy to answer any other questions you may have about the procedure. Contact our dental office today to schedule an initial smile evaluation.

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