Teeth Whitening Frequently Asked Questions


Q:  Does my insurance cover whitening?
A:  Dental insurance does not typically cover tooth whitening

Q:  Does whitening weaken my teeth?

A:  When done properly, whitening does not harm your enamel. There have been no studies that indicate damage to teeth from professional whitening products.

Q: Will tooth whitening change the color of my fillings and crowns?
A: Both over the counter and professional whitening products do not change the color of fillings, crowns, bridges or dentures.  Most patients will replace these after they’ve whitened their teeth to make everything match. Speak with your dentist about your replacement options before you whiten.

Q: Is it safe to whiten my teeth while pregnant?

A:  The safety of whitening products is unknown in pregnant women. It’s best to whiten your teeth after your baby is born.

Q: Are there any side effects from tooth whitening?
A: Teeth may look “chalky” for a short period following whitening. This is not permanent and the color will become more uniform within a day or two.  Additionally, some patients may experience sensitivity to air or cold foods and drinks. The sensitivity usually resolves within a couple days when you finish whitening your teeth.