Often, those who whiten their teeth have unrealistic expectations about how quickly the treatment will work. If you're self conscious about your smile, you may hope that your professional or at-home treatment will work immediately to brighten your teeth.
For many, this isn't the case. It can take several treatments over the course of weeks for stains to be noticeably lifted and your smile evenly brightened.
If you've undergone the anxious waiting process and your smile still isn't white: don't worry, you're not alone. Unfortunately, there's not just a single reason why your treatment may not be working.
We're going to discuss some of the most common reasons for a failed whitening procedure and discuss effective alternatives.
Why is Teeth Whitening Not Working?
The most common reason your whitening procedure isn't bright is because you've opted for an at-home treatment rather than professional job.
For most traditional at-home bleaching treatments, it's unlikely that you've prepped your teeth beforehand. Professional whitening occurs in a controlled environment where the teeth have been scraped free of plaque and tartar, allowing the bleach to remove the external appearance of stains.
Additionally, many over the counter products don't contain bleach at all, meaning that they're unable to actually "whiten" the enamel itself. Instead, abrasive chemicals polish away some of the external stains. Often, these products rely more on the placebo effect rather than any real whitening.
Some products may contain mere traces of bleach yet still advertise themselves as a teeth whitening product. In some countries, full strength whiteners can not be purchased over the counter because of the increased risk of chemical burns caused by abrasive chemicals.
At home, you may not be effectively cleaning your teeth beforehand and the whitening paste may not be thoroughly applied.
Whiteners Work Depending on the Reason for Discoloration
The second most common reason a teeth whitening procedure fails is because you have misdiagnosed the cause of your smile's appearance. Most frequently, teeth may be yellow because the enamel has eroded away and exposed sensitive dentin.
Alternatively, if your tooth is a dark gray shade, it may have deep decay inside it, which will never lighten with any traditional treatment.
Even antibiotics, prescription medications, and previous dental work may inhibit the efficacy of your whitening procedure. If your teeth hurt excessively during and after a whitening procedure, the affected teeth may suffer from a problem traditional whitening can't resolve.
Can the Ghost White System Solve My Issue?
Unlike traditional treatments, Ghost White uses a totally bleach-free serum that is safe to use on your teeth regardless of their condition. Our safe treatment can be gently applied to veneers, dental work, yellow teeth, and previous tooth treatments.
Through the power of UV exposure, our system works to brighten the appearance of any smile without fail. You don't have to rely on questionable over-the-counter bleaches or expensive professional procedures to enjoy a brighter smile.