Ruggless Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Teeth Whitening

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piece of paper with question mark on itChoosing a dentist for your family is a big decision. It's natural to have questions about the type of care you will receive, your insurance benefits, your treatment options, and the services we offer. Here are some of the most common questions we receive. If you do not see yours listed here, just give us a call or contact us via email. We look forward to hearing from you!

Teeth Whitening

woman smilingMany of our patients like to brighten their smiles with professional teeth whitening. We offer both in-office and take-home teeth whitening systems to meet your needs. Most patients can whiten their teeth with few or no side effects. Sometimes, however, patients do report sensitivity or gum irritation after whitening their teeth. Here is what you can do about it:

  • Teeth sensitivity – Often, when patients have sensitive teeth after whitening, it is due to a few factors. If you leave your whitening gel on your teeth for too long or if you whiten your teeth too frequently, you might experience sensitivity. This is especially true for patients who have gum recession. This problem is easily solved by whitening for less time and taking a few days off in between treatment. A fluoride treatment can also reduce sensitivity.
  • Gum irritation – If your gums are sore, white, or bleeding after whitening, you are probably using too much whitening gel for each tooth. You only need a small dot to get the job done. When you use excessive amounts of whitening gel, you aren't just wasting money – the excess gel oozes out onto your delicate gum tissue and makes the process uncomfortable. Try using less!

Contact Our Springfield IL Dental Office

If you still have problems, call our office. We have products and recommendations that will allow you to whiten comfortably and effectively!

Cosmetic Dentistry | Springfield IL Dentist The first and most conservative step we recommend at Ruggless Dental is for a patient to whiten their teeth using Zoom whitening.  If spacing or misaligned teeth are the issues then we recommend a consultation to see if the patient is a candidate for Invisalign.  Dental crowns and veneers are another option to help shape and brighten a patient's smile, see our Smile Gallery for before and after photos of some porcelain crown cases.  Missing teeth can also be fixed with a bridge or dental implants.  

Contact Our Springfield IL Dental Office

All of these options are available at Ruggless Dental, contact us today to schedule a consultation and see what Dr. Ruggless can do to improve your smile!

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