The growing popularity of a bright and white smile brings up many questions about your teeth. You may wonder when to consider professional whitening or have concerns about the safety of the procedure. By evaluating common questions, you can determine if whitening is a good choice for your goals.
Is it Covered by Insurance?
Although specific details about your coverage will depend on the policy you purchase, professional whitening for your teeth is not usually covered by insurance. Since the procedure is considered cosmetic, many insurance providers will not cover the cost of the treatment.
Will it Last?
Whitening your teeth is not permanent. You will need touch-up treatments over time to maintain the white and bright smile that you want. The timing of a touch-up depends on your habits and behaviors. If you eat foods or drink beverages that stain your teeth, then you may need to touch-up your teeth within a month or less. If you avoid food items that may stain your teeth, then your whitening may last a full year or longer before you need a touch-up treatment.
The exact duration depends on your behaviors. Before you go through whitening your teeth, you can discuss the foods and drinks to avoid to maintain your smile with our dental professionals.
Is Whitening Safe?
Professional whitening products and chemicals have gone through rigorous testing by the Food and Drug Administration and meet quality standards for safety and effectiveness. While whitening can cause some irritation in the gums and sensitivity in the teeth, it is safe when handled by a professional. We take measures to protect your gums during the treatment. If you are concerned about sensitivity, then you can use a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth for two weeks before the treatment to reduce the risk.
Professional whitening is a safe procedure that makes your smile brighter. By discussing the treatment with our dental professionals, you can determine if it is a good choice for your teeth.