Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic dental treatments. However, despite its popularity, many people have a lot of misconceptions about this elective procedure. They are worried that bleaching will hurt or that it will damage their teeth. They are unsure about the most effective ways to whiten stained teeth. They do not know what results to expect or what the treatment will be like. Test your knowledge of teeth whitening with this brief quiz.
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- True or False: Teeth whitening can hurt.
- How long do whitening results typically last?|
B. Six months to a year
C. It depends on the treatment
- True or False: Over-the-counter whitening can be dangerous.
- How often should you typically undergo whitening touch-ups?
A. Every six months
B. Once a year
C. Once a month
D. Daily use of whitening strips
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- False. In most cases, mild sensitivity is the only side effect of teeth whitening. Typically, this side effect will go away within a few days. While it lasts, you can usually control it with mild over-the-counter medication or anti-sensitivity toothpaste. If you already suffer from dental sensitivity, please let us know before we begin treatment. In this case, KöR® Deep BleachingTM may be the optimal way to whiten stained teeth.
- C. It depends on the treatment. In most cases, the results from take-home whitening treatment will last about six months. The exact timeframe will depend on your dental health, genetic makeup, hygiene, and eating habits. On the other hand, advanced KöR® Deep BleachingTM will yield permanent results.
- True. Not all drugstore whitening products are dangerous, but some can contain unsafe amounts of peroxide, which could damage your enamel and inflame your gums. Even products that are considered safe often do not contain enough peroxide to effectively whiten stained teeth. Typically, Crest® Whitestrips are the only do-it-yourself treatment recommended by dental professionals. However, these strips will not be nearly as effective as professional whitening.
- A. Every six months. After you use our take-home whitening trays, you can typically undergo a touchup about twice a year, using the same custom-made trays. However, you should never perform a touch-up treatment without your dentist’s approval. Over-whitening can damage your enamel and gums.
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