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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Teeth Whitening

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Your questions are always welcome at Northern Hills Dental. We want you to always be fully informed and comfortable with decisions you make about your family's dental care. Our team has many years of experience and can answer any oral health care questions you have. No question is too big or too small – if it's a concern for you, it's a concern for us, too. 

We've chosen a few questions we hear frequently and shared them below. However, you probably have some of your own, so please contact us if you don't see your question answered here. 

Teeth Whitening

You may have heard people complain about teeth whitening because of the sensitivity of their teeth afterward. In the hands of a trained dentist, however, professional teeth whitening will produce only minor, temporary side effects.

Our team has all the specialized training necessary to provide you with safe, comfortable teeth whitening treatments at our dental office. Too much peroxide can easily lead to sensitive teeth, so we will also adjust the concentration of whitening gel we use to fit your needs. We know how to properly protect sensitive areas of your mouth during whitening to avoid any burning sensation.

Most of the extreme side effects with teeth whitening occur with improper use of over-the-counter products. Overusing these products is the quickest way to produce sensitivity and discomfort.

If you want to avoid any negative side effects, we highly recommend you opt for a professional teeth whitening treatment. Store-bought products can be tempting because they appear to be inexpensive compared to professional treatment. But keep in mind that you will need to use a lot more of the product to achieve any significant whitening. Even then, you will not see results that are comparable to professional teeth whitening.

Please contact our dental office, and we will happy to answer your questions about professional teeth whitening.

There are no other treatments that can produce such dramatic results as quickly and affordably as professional teeth whitening. Once you’ve seen the difference that teeth whitening can make to your appearance, you want to maintain the results for as long as possible.

Avoid foods and beverages like red wine, dark teas, coffee, raspberries and blueberries. These are certainly enjoyable indulgences, and we’re not recommending that you eliminate them from your diet entirely. But knowing that they can affect the whiteness of your teeth will help you be aware of your intake and remember to rinse or brush as soon as possible after.

Smoking or using tobacco products is one of the major culprits for causing your teeth to stain. If you want a bright, white smile, you can’t smoke. Now you have another excellent reason to quit!

Oral hygiene also plays a big part in maintaining a white smile. You should be brushing and flossing diligently, and keeping up with your routine dental cleanings at our Phoenix dental office.

Hopefully, these tips will help you take the necessary steps to ensure that the results of your teeth whitening treatment lasts as long as possible. Please give us a call to schedule your next cleaning and discuss teeth whitening.

Zoom Teeth Whitening is a professional whitening product that we have been using at Northern Hills Dental with great results. It is widely used because it has proven to be safe and effective, providing excellent results.

If your smile is looking a little dull lately, a professional teeth whitening treatment may be all that you need to achieve a true transformation. We can dramatically brighten the appearance of your smile in just a single one-hour appointment at our office. Many of our patients see whitening results that are about six shades lighter than before treatment.

Zoom also allows us the flexibility of offering you professional take-home treatments for your convenience. But please don’t confuse our take-home kits with those you purchase at the drug store.

First, we provide you with a custom-made whitening tray that is created using precise impressions of your teeth. Next, the gel that is included with a Zoom take-home kit is of a much higher concentration than anything you can purchase over-the-counter.

Whether you choose a professional teeth whitening treatment at our dental office, or a custom take-home kit, Zoom will provide you with excellent results that will give you the quick smile makeover you’re looking for.


This is a common concern, but we can assure you that professional teeth whitening treatment won’t make your teeth look unnaturally white. If you’ve seen people whose teeth look too white to be natural, you’re probably seeing their veneers, not their real teeth.

The reason your teeth can’t get too white is that they have a natural level of whiteness. No matter how much you whiten, you simply can’t make your teeth any whiter than their natural shade.

The natural whiteness of your teeth depends on a number of things. Genetics plays a large part, and tooth color can range from a bluish white to a slightly yellowish color. You may be someone whose layer of enamel is thinner, which allows the underlying dentin to show through and cast a yellow appearance.

At Northern Hills Dental, our goal is to help you achieve a bright, natural smile. We have the experience and skill to completely transform your smile without it ever looking fake or unnatural. Teeth whitening is a great example of a treatment that will just bring back a natural sparkle and revive a tired smile.

We would be happy to talk to you about the benefits of teeth whitening, so please contact our office to arrange an appointment.

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