Teeth Whitening in Robinson Township
Teeth Whitening at Robinson Township Smiles
Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures. Non-invasive, pain-free, and affordable, teeth whitening is a fantastic way to restore a bright smile and boost your self-confidence! And at Robinson Township Smiles, Dr. Ryan Rupert can make your teeth look naturally brilliant.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Though there are many different types of teeth whitening treatments available, they all operate using the same basic principle.
Teeth whitening gels and treatments all include some kind of active whitening ingredient. These whitening agents contain oxygen molecules that react with discoloration on your teeth. By breaking the bonds that hold these discolored molecules in place, teeth whitening agents penetrate deeply to whiten your entire tooth, resulting in a brighter, whiter smile.
Best of all, the procedure is totally comfortable and convenient, and it’s completely non-invasive. Discomfort is rare, and spectacular results can be achieved in just one whitening session.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening
At Robinson Township Smiles, Dr. Ryan Rupert offers take-home teeth whitening treatments that work. Unlike by-the-box or over-the-counter options, Dr. Rupert will create custom-molded plastic trays of your teeth. This ensures that the bleaching gel he places in the trays stays on your teeth instead of spreading to your gums or your mouth. Because these take-home trays are specifically designed for you, they are much more effective at removing surface stains, offering better results and achieving them more comfortably.
Take-home teeth whitening is excellent for patients who want to whiten their teeth on their own time, but still want the strength and quality of a professional whitening treatment. This flexible option from Robinson Township Smiles gives you the bright smile you’ve been looking for.
Can I Have My Teeth Whitened If I’m Pregnant or Breastfeeding?
Yes. Teeth whitening is completely safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. The chemical reaction that “bleaches” the stains off of your teeth takes place entirely in your mouth, and you won’t digest or swallow any of the peroxide or other products used to whiten your teeth.
However, the ADA does not recommend whitening while pregnant. While teeth whitening has not been proven to have any risks to your baby, it can make pregnancy-related oral health issues worse.
This is because pregnant women often have issues like:
- Bleeding or swollen gums due to hormonal changes during pregnancy
- Tooth erosion and weakening due to stomach acid from morning sickness
- An increased risk of cavities due to cravings for sugary foods
- Pyogenic granulomas, which are fleshy growths on the gums that sometimes appear during pregnancy
To avoid complications and keep your mouth healthy, it’s best to wait to have your teeth whitened until you’ve delivered your baby.
Can Teeth Whitening Damage Teeth or Gums?
Professional whitening at Robinson Township Smiles will not damage your teeth or gums. Dr. Ryan Rupert will customize your treatment to ensure that your teeth are not over-whitened, and he will use special barriers to protect your gums from irritation during the whitening process.
However, DIY teeth whitening with over-the-counter whitening products or whitening kits purchased from the internet can pose a threat to your gums and your teeth. Many of these kits have very high levels of peroxide, which means you may damage your teeth by over-whitening them, or irritate your gums.
Over-whitening your teeth can cause them to become weak and vulnerable to decay. Your teeth may become translucent, chalky or brittle if they are over-whitened. This is not reversible.
DIY teeth whitening products can also irritate and inflame your gums if the peroxide contacts them. Your gums are very delicate, so you will notice pain, sensitivity and redness if they’re being touched by peroxide while you whiten your teeth.
Because of these risks, we recommend choosing professional teeth whitening from Dr. Ryan Rupert. If you must whiten your teeth at home, you can increase your safety by using an FDA-approved whitening product like Crest Whitestrips. FDA-approved whitening kits have relatively low levels of whitener, which reduces the risks of over-whitening.
Why Does Teeth Whitening Cause Sensitivity?
The precise cause of teeth whitening-induced sensitivity has not been confirmed by medical studies. However, the leading theory has to do with dentinal tubules, or microtubules. These microscopic tubes connect the outside of your teeth to the nerves within each tooth. This allows you to feel sensations through the surface of your teeth.
When your teeth are whitened, the peroxide can demineralize your teeth, weakening them very slightly. This, in turn, is believed to expose the microtubules within your teeth, which results in sensitivity to heat and cold. Once treatment is discontinued, the enamel becomes stronger and these tubules are sealed up, which eliminates whitening-induced sensitivity.
Teeth whitening sensitivity will eventually go away on its own, so it’s nothing to worry about. But if you have very sensitive teeth, you should discuss this with Dr. Ryan Rupert before your treatment begins. He may recommend a less intensive whitening treatment to minimize discomfort.
Interested in a White Smile? Contact Robinson Township Smiles Today!
Dr. Ryan Rupert offers amazing cosmetic dentistry services in Robinson Township, specializing in tooth restoration, smile makeovers and teeth whitening. Get in touch with Robinson Township Smiles today and explore a more effective path the whiter, brighter smile you’ve been waiting for!
Contact us for an appointment at (412) 859-3833, or visit our office at 66 Forest Grove Rd., Coraopolis, PA 15108! We look forward to discussing your treatment options and providing you with the smile of your dreams.