If you aren’t happy with the color of your teeth, you are likely interested in teeth whitening that can be done here at Galligan & Villa Dental Studio in Staten Island, NY. You may, however, have some misgivings about the procedure if you have been reading articles online or listening to people talk about the rumors they have heard about problems with whitening. To help clear things up and give you a better idea of what to expect, here are some facts about teeth whitening.


Teeth Whitening Does Not Hurt


First of all, you may have heard that teeth whitening can be painful or that it will make your teeth more temperature sensitive. With KOR whitening products (used properly, following the provided instructions), this is simply not true. The professional teeth whitening we offer at Drs. Galligan & Villa Dental Studio in Staten Island, NY is designed to give you the maximum whitening effects without any discomfort and without making your teeth more sensitive or brittle.


Teeth Whitening Will Not Work on Porcelain Veneers or Crowns


If you need to get a crown or porcelain veneers for one or more of your teeth, you should discuss which shade to get with your dentist. If you get crowns or veneers before having your teeth whitened, you may want to choose a shade slightly brighter than your teeth are currently to avoid mismatched teeth when you get them whitened.


The Effects Can Last a Long Time


Some people will tell you that teeth whitening is not worth it because habits like smoking or drinking red wine and black coffee will just stain your teeth once more in a very short time. Again, this is not actually true. If you follow the after-care instructions we provide you, brush and floss regularly and visit your dentist for regular cleanings, your teeth can remain brilliantly white for a year or more before you need another treatment.


Whitening Does Not Bleach Your Teeth to the Color of Copy Paper


Now, if you are expecting to get teeth so white they nearly glow in the dark, you may want to adjust your expectations. With professional whitening, you can achieve beautifully brighter, whiter teeth, but they will likely not be perfectly white. This is because, as you age, your teeth will naturally start to yellow. If you are not happy with the results from whitening, you may want to consider porcelain veneers, which can be made in any shade you prefer.


For more information on teeth whitening or to make your appointment, call Drs. Galligan & Villa Dental Studio in Staten Island, NY at 718-984-7700 or fill out our online contact form.