FAQs About Teeth Whitening

Obtain a Brighter Smile

Do you cover your mouth when you smile? Do you avoid pictures at social gatherings whenever possible? For many people, unsightly teeth stains are a source of embarrassment. Fortunately, Polk City dentist, Dr. Ryan Hussong, offers a solution for embarrassing discoloration with the latest in teeth whitening technology. Below, Dr. Hussong addresses common questions regarding our teeth whitening procedures.

Common Questions About Teeth Whitening


Question: What causes teeth stains?

Answer: That depends on which type of discoloration you have: intrinsic or extrinsic. Intrinsic discoloration forms below the surface of your tooth, staining the inner tooth structure. Trauma, fluorosis, and the use of certain antibiotics, such as tetracycline, can lead to intrinsic stains. Extrinsic stains occur on the surface of our teeth, the result of our diet or the use of tobacco. Drinking liquids with dark pigments, such as tea, coffee, red wine, and soda, can lead to surface stains. Dr. Hussong will first identify to cause and severity of your discoloration before recommending treatment.

Question: What whitening techniques does my Dr. Hussong offer?

Answer: For extrinsic stains, Dr. Hussong offers both at-home and in-office teeth whitening. For intrinsic stains, Dr. Hussong may recommend home-based teeth whiteners or other cosmetic treatments, such as porcelain veneers or dental bonding.

Question: Do over-the-counter teeth whiteners work as well as professional systems?

Answer: No. While at first they appear more cost-effective, store bought whiteners don’t offer the same level of whitening and the results rarely last as long. Patients who use over-the-counter teeth whiteners also often report tooth sensitivity and gum irritation.

Question: How do I keep my teeth bright?

Answer: After undergoing one of our teeth whitening procedures, our patients want to know the best way to ensure the results last. By maintaining good dental habits, including brushing, flossing, and attending regular dental cleanings, you reduce the risk of plaque buildup and resulting teeth stains. In addition, you should avoid the use of tobacco products and reduce your consumption of drinks containing dark pigments.

Question: How much is teeth whitening?

Answer: That will depend on a number of different factors, including the severity of your teeth stains and the whitening technique recommended by Dr. Hussong. We can discuss your options and Dr. Hussong can offer an estimate for our teeth whitening treatment. You should know that many dental insurance policies don’t cover purely cosmetic procedures, but we can work with you and offer payment options.

  • A Personal Invitation

    You’ll find our dental office cozy and relaxing and our team accommodating. Watch DirecTV during your appointment, and afterward, allow us to treat you to a paraffin hand dip and a warm, scented neck wrap. We will make your time at Cornerstone Dental enjoyable. For cosmetic and restorative dentistry in Polk City, Iowa, contact us today. We serve families from Alleman, Ankeny, Bondurant, Grimes, Johnston, and surrounding communities.