It’s no surprise that first impressions are everything for humans, from the professional world to the personal one.

To make a good first impression, you’ll want to make sure that your teeth are in their best shape so your smile can really impress!

Unfortunately, there are many factors that can contribute to teeth being less white than we want. Coffee, soda, and smoking are all agents that can stain your teeth.

Luckily, teeth whitening is a great solution to improving the color of your teeth. Though teeth whitenings are growing more common, most people don’t know how they work.

Read on to find out more about how a whitening treatment might work for you or a loved one.

Vital Whitening

The most common form of teeth whitening is called vital whitening. Vital whitening is done on teeth that have live nerves. The procedure is fairly simple and may take up to a month to complete, though most people only need two weeks of treatment.

Vital Whitening should be done under professional care for the best results. At their office, your dentist will apply a substance to protect your teeth, then add the whitening agent. The whitening agent will be activated by a laser light to bring out the white in your teeth.

If your teeth are very discolored, your dentist may recommend that you continue the whitening treatment at home. This will consist of you filling a customized mouthpiece with a whitening agent. You will then keep this mouthpiece on for a few hours and should see results within a week or two.

Non-Vital Whitening

Non-Vital Whitening is different from vital whitening because it is done on a tooth that has no live nerves. Typically, this will consist of teeth that have gone through a root canal treatment.

For Non-Vital Whitening, the stains are coming from inside of the teeth. The main difference is that the whitening agent will be placed inside the tooth and then the dentist will place a filling over it.

Over time, the whitening agent will cover and get rid of the stains inside your teeth. Soon your teeth will be looking like their pearly selves again!


Though whitening is highly successful, it is not a permanent procedure. You may need a follow-up if you continue with the same activities that stained your teeth in the first place–drinking soda, coffee, or red wine, for example.

If that is the case, your dentist will guide you through at-home whitening treatments. He may also consider ways to make your whitening treatments more permanent.

Are You In Need of a Whitening Treatment?

There are many reasons you may want a whitening treatment.

You may be looking to improve your career trajectory, or you may be preparing for your dream wedding, Whatever the case may be, teeth whitenings are a great tool to make sure you are looking your best.

For teeth whitening and any other dental procedures you or your family may need, don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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