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Robert C. Clay, Jr., DDS, Ltd.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Teeth Whitening

How can we help you?

If you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. We know that most people have questions about their dental health, the services we offer, and dental insurance. We get asked questions about these topics, and many others, every single day. We welcome all of your questions, and it is an encouraging sign that you are taking interest in your oral healthcare. We would love the opportunity to help.

So, whether you have a dental question, an insurance question, or heck, if you can’t remember the lyrics to a song, we will do our best to help you get the answers you are looking for. We have a few of the more common questions compiled here, but please feel free to ask us if you have any other questions you need answered.

Teeth Whitening

We offer a range of cosmetic dentistry services such as veneers, porcelain crowns, bonding using tooth-colored composite, and even orthodontic treatments like Invisalign. All our of dentistry is done with an eye toward aesthetics. We know that it's important that your teeth are both healthy and attractive. If you'd like to find out which of our services can help you meet your goals, call our office to schedule your consultation.

When patients talk about “cosmetic dentistry” we are always interested to hear what people think that means.  To us, dentistry has evolved to the point that we feel most services could be considered “cosmetic” as we use tooth colored filling material for almost everything.  That said, many people consider cosmetic dentistry to include the use of porcelain crowns, porcelain veneers, bonded white fillings on front teeth, tooth whitening or bleaching, and white fillings on back teeth.  And yes, we routinely perform all of these procedures.  We also utilize Invisalign to help straighten your teeth,  and dental implant restorations to restore a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even all of your teeth.  In fact, we even feel the conventional dentures and removable partials we fabricate also fall into the cosmetic category as we not only use top labs and materials, but also take every extra step to ensure they look as realistic as possible.  So yes, we do perform all of these cosmetic dental services, and we will discuss them with you, as well as present options and risks of treatment before we start your treatment. Give us a call to set up a consultation so we can see what can be done.

It seems like a simple question, but there isn't always one simple answer.  In order to answer that question, we would want to see you in our office so we could evaluate your overall oral health because any treatment is doomed to fail if the gums are not healthy enough to support the treatments.  Once we evaluate your periodontal (gum) health, we will evaluate your tooth health and determine which treatments are necessary.  We always  have to consider both form and function.  In other words, we not only want it to look right (form) but we want it to function.  Sometimes we may recommend orthodontic treatment prior to any restorative treatments.  Other times, something as simple as bleaching teeth is all that is needed to make things look brighter. Most of the time, the needs fall somewhere in between.  The best way to get an answer is to give us a call so we can see what you need, what you want, and then come up with a list of options based on your mouth and your wishes.  Give us a call so we can come up with a treatment plan that will fit your needs. 

It shouldn't. 

Most professional whitening products contain an added desensitizing ingredient that protects even sensitive teeth and keeps you comfortable during the process. Additionally, the customizable nature of professional whitening treatments prevents the product from coming into contact with soft tissues like your gums, lips, and tongue. 

If your teeth are very sensitive, please talk to us so that we can help you determine whether whitening is appropriate for you.

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