Do You Have FAQs About Teeth Whitening?

Teeth stains can leave you feeling embarrassed about your smile. Instead of trying to hide your smile, why not address the problem? We have a professional solution that can remove discoloration and help you achieve a brighter smile. Do you have questions about teeth whitening?

Frequently Asked Questions About Teeth Whitening

Question: What causes teeth stains?
Answer: Most teeth stains are known as extrinsic stains, they form on the surface of your teeth. They can be the result of the foods and drinks we consume, as well as smoking and tobacco use. When you eat foods high in sugar, plaque buildup can be more likely, which make stains more visible. Drinks with dark pigments, such as soda, tea, red wine, coffee, and fruit juice, can also make discoloration more likely to develop.
Question: How does the take home kit work?
Answer: We will send you home with a set of plastic trays and a bleaching gel. You will fill the trays with gel and wear them for about one to two hours per day. Optimal results may take between a week and ten days. Afterward, you can keep the trays and remaining gel for touch ups down the road.
Question: How do I keep my smile bright?
Answer: You can take steps to improve your oral hygiene! When you brush and floss as recommended you limit the amount of plaque buildup that can form between cleaning visits. In addition, try to eat healthier and drink more water. Cutting back on the foods and drinks that promote discoloration can definitely help your smile remain brighter for longer.
Question: What if I have permanent discoloration?
Answer: Intrinsic discoloration is also known as permanent discoloration, as this forms below the enamel. Fluorosis, tetracycline use, and injury can all lead to intrinsic stains. If our whitening system can’t address these stains we may suggest masking them with bonding or veneers.


We can offer a professional solution to discoloration with our take home whitening kit! To learn more about preventing and treating periodontal disease, schedule an appointment with your dentist by calling Allen & Neumann Family Dentistry in Pella, IA, today at (641) 628-1121.