5 Common Questions to Ask Before a Cosmetic Teeth Whitening Procedure


Dental hygiene is one of the first personal health practices we learn as young children. Still, despite your best efforts to keep your pearly-whites pearly-white, there is a good chance that stains will begin to reveal themselves overtime.

Could it be time to visit the cosmetic dentist for teeth whitening?

First let’s take the time to learn more about cosmetic dentistry.

Where Do Teeth Stains Happen?

Stains begin to appear on the surface of the tooth; on the enamel. Enamel is to your teeth what armor is to a battleship, it’s even tougher than bone. Enamel also has the highest mineral percentage of any other body part. Enamel is also a magnet for bacteria and this can lead to the first signs of tooth decay.

When and Why Do Teeth Stains Happen?

After you eat, all the remaining food in your mouth begins to attract bacteria. These bacteria combined with a few other factors can form a tough biofilm that adheres to the teeth. This is why it is so important to brush after eating. The film will be formed completely within an hour, so brush before this time has lapsed.

When teeth are brushed, the bio-film is removed. This prevents the stains from progressing deeper into the enamel and becoming a long-lasting stain. Other stains can reach deeper into the enamel with greater ease. Coffee drinkers and smokers can see long lasting stains build up quite quickly.

How Does Plaque Contribute to Stains?

Teeth can also be discolored due to the presence of plaque. If the biofilm that is created after eating is allowed to remain, it will actually begin to attract other bacteria that will attach to the surface of the teeth. Plaque stains will turn a dingy yellow.

What Do I Need To Do Before A Whitening Procedure?

Before you can have any cosmetic procedures done to restore your teeth, you will want to eliminate all the plaques storage. It will be necessary to fill in any cavities in most cases. Unless your dentist instructs otherwise, it will be important to floss and brush before the procedure as well.

How Does Cosmetic Teeth Whitening Help with Long-Term Staining?

Long-time stains will not be removed easily with regular brushing and dental floss. The whitening agent of choice at our Smiles on Broadway facilities is ZOOM!

With ZOOM! teeth whitening procedures you won’t have to worry about the abrasive whitening gels that are so common on the market. This is because ZOOM! Uses low-intensity light to “activate” the whitening gel. With ZOOM! Whitening procedures it is possible to whiten teeth by a full 10 shades in only an hour of treatment.

Cosmetic dentistry and teeth whitening is just one more service we provide at Smiles on Broadway. No matter the dental condition upsetting you, we can provide professionals help. Call us or send an email to learn more about our special brand of service.