When it comes to choosing the right cosmetic dentistry options for you, knowledge is power. The more you know, the better the chance that you will get the outcomes you are looking for along a realistic timetable. Teeth whitening is the perfect example. A popular and pretty straightforward cosmetic dentistry process, there are still pretty important details you want to know before deciding if it’s right for you.


At Valley Ridge Dental in Valley Ridge, we offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services, including caps, veneers, crowns, bridges, and teeth whitening. If you would like to get your questions answered by one of our in-office experts or you want to schedule an appointment, get in touch with us today. Otherwise, continue reading to learn more about teeth whitening. 

Teeth Whitening Facts

Teeth whitening is pretty straight forward, right? While that’s true for the most part, the team of professional cosmetic dentists here at Valley Ridge Dental think are a few important things you should know.

Your Teeth Have Pores

Your teeth have pores — just like your skin or a sponge. That’s why over time, they can become stained and discolored. Your teeth actually absorb color from the food, beverages, and other substances that you put into your mouth. So, food and drink that stain carpet and clothing easily are also the most likely items to cause discoloration to your teeth.

Teeth Whitening is Safe For Your Teeth

When instructions from your cosmetic dentist are followed, teeth whitening is incredibly safe. The teeth whitening process works much in the same way as the teeth discoloration process, except faster because of the lifting agents used to help remove color. However, after treatment, your teeth will naturally rehydrate and mineralize.

How You Whiten Your Teeth Matters

Not all teeth whitening methods are created equal. For example, over the counter whitening strips are not as effective as medically prescribed and fitted whitening trays from your dentist. Even within the realm of professional options, some brands and whitening products are simply superior. That’s why at Valley Ridge Dental, we use whitening products from Opalescence, a tooth whitening company that has been in business for over a quarter of a century.

Whitening Takes Time

The teeth whitening process doesn’t happen overnight — just like the stains and discolorations you are looking to get rid of didn’t appear overnight. The amount of time that it takes varies for every single patient depending on a lot of different factors. Some people see noticeable results in as little as a week, while others may need to be patient and wait as long as a couple of months to start seeing a difference.

Fake Teeth Can’t Be Whitened

If you have a lot of veneers, crowns, and caps, you want to keep in mind that they won’t change color. While they should never stain, they also cannot be lightened. So while cleaning up and polishing your remaining true teeth to a pearly white finish is within your grasp, changing the color of other cosmetic dental work is not.

Learn More About Your Cosmetic Dentistry Options From Valley Ridge Dental

To get started with teeth whitening services, or any other cosmetic dentistry, get in touch with the professional dentistry team at Valley Ridge Dental today. We can’t wait to help you smile.