Can You Over Whiten your Teeth?

Teeth Over-Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Considering whitening your teeth? Can you over-whiten your teeth?  Before you do, discuss the possible risks with your dentist – especially if you plan to whiten your teeth using an at-home bleaching system.

Teeth Whitening Risks

Risks associated with tooth whitening include tooth sensitivity and damage to the roots of teeth. Dentists may be able to predict if you will have problems with or sensitivities to the procedure. They also may be able to help you alleviate sensitivity by recommending certain procedures and toothpaste designed to treat sensitive teeth.Dentists can also check for signs of root damage caused by tooth whitening and treat the condition if detected in time.

Discoloration of Teeth

Why do teeth change color and become darker or more yellow? The internal portion of teeth normally darkens over time. In addition, personal habits – such as tobacco use or drinking coffee, tea, or wine – can cause staining. Certain medications also can discolor teeth. Teeth cleaning by your dental office can often remove any external stains – and it promotes good oral health. Be sure to visit your dentist for a thorough cleaning and examination before you decide to whiten your teeth.

Professional Teeth Cleaning


You may find that professional cleaning is all it takes to give you a whiter, brighter smile. Generally, tooth whitening is successful in at least 90 percent of patients. As a rule of thumb, yellow-colored teeth respond well to whitening, while brownish-colored teeth don’t respond as well. Gray stains caused by smoking, taking tetracycline, or fluorosis (ingestion of too much fluoride) most likely will not be dramatically changed by tooth whitening. Likewise, tooth whitening may not enhance your smile if you’ve had bonding or tooth-colored fillings placed in your front teeth. The whitener will not affect the color of these materials, and they will not match your newly whitened smile. In these cases, you may want to investigate other options, such as porcelain veneers or dental bonding on other teeth.

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Discover the facts about teeth whitening and how to achieve stunning results while safeguarding your dental health. 🌟

Before you embark on your teeth-whitening journey, it’s crucial to understand the potential risks involved. Over-whitening can lead to tooth sensitivity and even damage to your tooth roots. To ensure a safe and effective whitening process, have a candid conversation with your dentist, especially if you’re considering at-home bleaching.

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Dentists can assess your risk and recommend procedures and toothpaste to minimize discomfort. Plus, they can spot signs of root damage caused by whitening and provide timely treatment if needed.

🎨 Why do teeth change color in the first place? Discover the common culprits, from natural aging to habits like smoking and consuming stain-prone beverages. Your dentist can often remove external stains during a professional cleaning, promoting both a brighter smile and excellent oral health.

Sweet Water Dentistry Teeth Whitening

💎 Sometimes, a professional cleaning might be all you need for that dazzling, white smile you crave. In fact, tooth whitening succeeds in around 90 percent of cases, especially for yellow-colored teeth. However, if your teeth are brownish or have stubborn gray stains from smoking or medication, tooth whitening may not be the ideal solution. In such cases, explore alternatives like porcelain veneers or dental bonding for a stunning, long-lasting smile transformation.

Your journey to a whiter, more radiant smile starts with informed choices. Consult your Sweet Water Dentistry, make the right decisions, and let your confidence shine! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to achieve your dream smile – take action today! 😁✨

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Affordable Teeth Whitening

Affordable Teeth Whitening

Discoloration of the teeth happens for a couple of reasons. Things, like smoking, drinking red wine, tea, cokes, and coffee, and taking certain medications as well, can cause your teeth to look dingier and lose their brightness. If you have staining of your teeth, whitening may be a great option for you to restore your bright smile! Are you happy with the color of your teeth? If not, you may be interested in the many different whitening options that are offered at Sweet Water Dentistry in Fairhope, AL! Here at Sweet Water, we have 3 different whitening options to choose from.

Whitening Options

  1. The first option we offer is called KoR Whitening. This option is a take-home solution in which you will need to come into the office and get fitted for custom trays. Once your trays are made, you will receive a take-home whitening solution and once you finish the solution, you will return to the Sweet Water dental office to receive a final in-house whitening treatment with the hygienist. KoR Whitening is the best, most effective whitening option available, especially for deep staining of teeth.
  2. Another whitening option we offer is Venus Whitening. With Venus, you will also need to come to the Sweet Water dental office and be fitted for custom whitening trays. You will receive a whitening solution that you will use for two weeks to achieve the shade that you are after.
  3. The final whitening method that we offer is called Opalescence Go. This comes with 10 trays that are preloaded with a whitening solution. You will wear these trays for 15 minutes each day until you have completed all 10.


If you are interested in whitening your teeth and would like more information on the different whitening methods offered at Sweet Water Dentistry in Fairhope, AL, please contact us at 251-210-2773.

Affordable Teeth Whitening

Affordable Teeth Whitening

Are you unhappy with the color of your teeth? Do you wish that your teeth were more white? If so, you may be interested in affordable whitening offered at Sweet Water Dentistry in Fairhope, AL!

Why Teeth Stain or Yellow

There are several common reasons that people get stained or yellow teeth. If you drink a lot of coffee, tea, red wine, smoke cigarettes, and even some foods, doing this may stain your teeth, causing a yellow/brown tint to the enamel. This makes teeth dull as the dentin becomes darker and the enamel thinner. Tooth whitener works well on surface stains, but it does not work on porcelain crowns or veneers. If you choose to do at-home tooth whitening always read and follow the instructions. Depending on how deeply your teeth are stained, we offer a few different options for whitening your teeth so that you can be proud to show off a whiter, brighter smile!

We offer Opalescence Go trays, Kor Whitening, and Venus whitening.
Whitening times and outcomes will depend on the depth of each individual’s staining.

Opalescence Go Whitening

The Opalescence Go whitening trays are the most affordable whitening we offer. With the Opalescence Go trays, you will receive 10 upper and lower, pre-loaded whitening trays. These trays will need to be worn for 15 minutes, once a day. You will need to brush your teeth immediately after removing them because the whitening gel will still be on your teeth. These trays cost only $99!

Kor Whitening

We also offer KoR Whitening. This is the best type of whitening that we have available! If you choose this option you will need to come to our Fairhope, AL office to get fitted for custom whitening tooth trays. You must use these whitening trays for two weeks. After this time, you will come to our office once again. This time, you will get an additional whitening process done by your dental hygienist. The Kor Whitening cost is $600.

Venus Whitening

Along with KOR, we have another option for whitening called Venus. This process also requires that you get fitted with mouth trays. You take these trays home and complete the process of whitening your teeth at home. This process takes 2 weeks.

If you have any questions about whitening your teeth, please contact our office at 251-210-2773. Thank you!

Dealing with Tooth Sensitivity after Whitening

The best solution for most stains and discoloration on teeth is to whiten them. There are numerous choices available, both at-home and in-office, that can be performed by your dentist. The issue is that many patients experience tooth sensitivity after using conventional carbamide peroxide for external tooth bleaching.

There are a variety of treatment options, including gels, bleaching strips, whitening toothpaste, and even mouth rinses. According to the ADA, there are two types of tooth whitening: bleaching treatments and non-bleaching products. The teeth may be whitened using a substance that changes the natural color of the teeth. Alternatively, non-bleaching products contain ingredients that only work to remove surface stain and does not penetrate further.

Sensitivity can happen during and after using peroxide-based bleaching agents.  Having sensitive teeth means having enhanced responses to hot and cold drinks, aggressive toothbrushing, or sweet foods.  It comes in with a short, sharp pain. Usually, this sensation happens during the initial stages of bleaching when the hydrogen peroxide soaks through the enamel.

Products like whitening toothpaste usually cause less sensitivity because it only treats the teeth’s surface. Everyone is different, so a person can experience a different result with the same product. Usually, gels that are used in bleaching trays, as well as some over-the-counter bleaching products, have a greater potential for causing sensitivity after whitening.  A person’s individual tooth anatomy, such as the thickness of the enamel, can also play a role in how sensitive teeth become during bleaching.

Professional teeth whitening

If you experience sensitivity, there are a few things that can be done to help lessen the symptoms.

1. Use a desensitizing toothpaste: Desensitizing toothpastes contain compounds that help to block the pain signals from reaching the brain. If you experience sensitivity during bleaching, consider using a desensitizing toothpaste to minimize discomfort.

2. Try over-the-counter gels: Some people prefer to whiten their teeth at home rather than in a dentist’s office. If you opt for at-home bleaching, ask your dentist about using a gel with a lower concentration of peroxide. You may also want to try an over-the-counter desensitizing gel or paste to help lessen sensitivity during and after bleaching.

3. Consider in-office treatments: In-office bleaching is generally more effective than at-home whitening, but it also tends to cause greater sensitivity. If you are experiencing a lot of tooth sensitivity during bleaching, talk to your dentist about other treatment options, like in-office veneers or professional take-home kits.

If you experience tooth sensitivity after bleaching your teeth, it’s important to talk with your dentist about possible solutions. You may want to try a lower bleach concentration or use other methods, such as softening the enamel of the teeth before bleaching. Request an appointment today.

Teeth Whitening at Sweet Water Dentistry

Looking to whiten your teeth?

We offer teeth whitening at Sweet Water Dentistry 

Different whitening methods include in-office bleaching, which is applied by a professional dentist; at-home bleaching, which is used at home by the patient; over-the-counter, which is applied by patients. 

The ADA recommends having one’s teeth checked by a dentist before undergoing any whitening method. The dentist should examine the patient thoroughly: take a health and dental history including allergies and sensitivities. 

The whitening shade guides are used to measure tooth color. These shades determine the effectiveness of the whitening procedure, which may vary from two to seven shades. The effects of bleaching can last for several months but may vary depending on the lifestyle of the patient dentures. 

Internal staining of dentin can discolor the teeth from the inside out. Internal bleaching can remedy this on root-canal-treated teeth. If heavy staining damage is present on a patient’s teeth, and whitening is ineffective there are other methods of masking the stain. Bonding, which also masks tooth stains, is when a thin coating of composite material is applied to the front of a person’s teeth and then cured with a blue light.  

Though this is more expensive than other whitening methods, it can provide fantastic results.

If you’re looking for a dentist that offers teeth whitening, look no further than Sweet Water Dentistry! With a range of professional whitening options available, our experienced dentists will help you achieve the bright and beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Schedule your appointment today and get ready to show off your pearly whites!

So come in for a whitening at Sweet Water Dentistry!