Questions about Teeth Whitening


Pittsburgh cosmetic dentists Dr. Joe and Dr. Charles Frye are proud to offer professional teeth whitening choices to patients seeking to restore bright, healthy looking smiles. Following are the answers to some commonly asked questions about teeth whitening treatments.


What causes discolored teeth?

There are two basic types of teeth discoloration: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic are primarily surface stains that are caused by dark foods and beverages, smoking, certain bacteria and plaque buildup. Intrinsic stains are deeper-rooted stains that can be the result of infection, dental trauma and medications such as tetracycline; intrinsic stains are often not reversible with teeth whitening and may require another treatment option, such as porcelain veneers.

What teeth whitening treatments do you offer?

We use Zoom teeth whitening products, and we offer both a professionally applied in-office treatment as well as take-home whitening trays that feature a dental-grade bleaching agent. During your consultation, we can help you choose the best teeth whitening treatment for your specific needs.

How is Zoom different from store-bought teeth whitening products?

The take-home teeth whitening treatments available at retail stores typically feature generically sized trays that do not properly conform to your teeth and provide uneven results. The whitening agents used in store-bought kits are also weaker than professional treatments like Zoom, which means it may take months of continued use in order to achieve noticeable results.

Does teeth whitening hurt?

Some patients have sensitive teeth or gums and may experience minor discomfort from teeth whitening treatment. Your consultation with the experienced Pittsburgh cosmetic dentists at Dentonics will help determine if teeth whitening is right for you, as well as which teeth whitening option is best for your specific condition.

How long will the results of my teeth whitening treatment last?

Depending on your oral hygiene routine and certain lifestyle choices, the results from your teeth whitening treatment may last for many years. Regular dental care and routine check-ups are instrumental in maintaining the effects of your teeth whitening treatment. Avoiding smoking or the regular consumption of dark beverages such as coffee and red wine can also help preserve the vibrancy of your smile. If you begin to see signs of discoloration, you may wish to visit for a follow-up teeth whitening session.

If you live in the Pittsburgh or Allison Park, Pennsylvania, areas and would like to learn more about your teeth whitening options, please contact Dentonics to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Joe or Dr. Charles Frye. We would love to welcome you to our extended dental family.

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