The most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure, teeth whitening, could revive a lackluster smile. Countless individuals can benefit from smile rejuvenation and brightening with teeth whitening. Evidence suggests that people whom smile more tend to exercise with more frequency.

Additionally, smiling can lift a person’s mood and convey confidence. Tooth stains and discoloration could cause a smile to fade, but craze lines can also leave patients embarrassed to smile. The dentists from The Oasis Family Dental Group developed a short true/false quiz on teeth whitening.

True/False Teeth Whitening Quiz

  1. Store-bought kits provide the only means of at-home teeth whitening.
  2. Light-activated bleaching systems provide superior results to at-home whitening.
  3. Extreme tooth sensitivity occurs while whitening teeth at home.

Teeth Whitening Answer Key

The answer to question one is – false. Although pharmacies, grocery stores, and trade shows all peddle whitening kits, these companies cannot provide professional-strength bleaching gel. We can provide custom-fit bleaching trays to our patients in our Temecula dental office. Over-the-counter whitening kits typically come equipped with a bleaching tray intended to fit all mouth sizes. Many patients experience gum irritation due to the ill-fitting tray because gel oozes into unintended areas of the mouth. We recommend professional at-home teeth whitening kits for patients seeking to whiten in the comfort of their own home.

The answer to question two is – false. Light-activated bleaching systems can provide dramatic result rapidly, but similar results could be produced with professional at-home teeth whitening kits. We recommend that patients discuss their ultimate whitening goals to determine their best course of action for teeth whitening. Patients often report effective results from professional-strength home teeth whitening in less than two weeks.

The answer to question three is –false. Patients rarely report extreme tooth sensitivity as a result of at-home teeth whitening. Typically, the minor tooth sensitivity reported can be reduced by altering exposure time to bleaching gel. In some cases, we recommend patients wear their tray every other day as opposed to nightly to aid in alleviating tooth sensitivity.

Start At-Home Whitening Today

Looking to improve your smile from the privacy of your home? The Oasis Family Dental provides comprehensive dental care for our patients of all ages. Contact our 92591 dental office by calling (951) 695-2290 to schedule an appointment today. We welcome patients from Temecula and all surrounding communities.