It’s no secret that a mouth full of whiter teeth provides benefits, the most obvious being – a brighter more attractive smile. Stains or overall discoloration tends to dull your smile, so regardless of how widely you smile or heartily you laugh, your expressiveness has missing something. Whiter teeth restore this missing dimension to your self-esteem.
Who is an ideal candidate for teeth whitening?
In theory, professional teeth whitening it is suitable for the majority of people.
While whitening is effective, it cannot perform miracles.
It will produce the best results for people with mild to moderate stains.
Your dentist should be able to advise you on whether or not this kind of treatment will give you a satisfactory outcome.
The ideal candidate for professional teeth whitening is the one who has healthy, unrestored teeth (no fillings) and healthy gums who would like a brighter smile.
Patients with yellow tones to their teeth respond best.
Who is not an ideal candidate for teeth whitening?
Whitening is not recommended in the following circumstances:
- Age and pregnancy issues
Bleaching is not recommended in children under the age of 16 and is also not recommended in pregnant or lactating women.
- Sensitive teeth
Individuals with sensitive teeth and gums, receding gums, and/or defective restorations should consult with their dentist prior to using a tooth-whitening system.
Anyone allergic to peroxide (the whitening agent) should not seek professional teeth whitening.
- Gum disease, worn enamel, cavities, and exposed roots
Individuals with gum disease or teeth with worn enamel are generally discouraged from undergoing a tooth-whitening procedure.
Cavities need to be treated before undergoing any whitening procedure because the whitening solutions penetrate into any existing decay and the inner areas of the tooth, which can cause sensitivity.
Also, whitening procedures will not work on exposed tooth roots, because roots do not have an enamel layer.
- Fillings, crowns, and other restorations
Tooth-colored fillings and resin composite materials used in dental restorations (crowns, veneers, bonding, bridges) do not whiten.
Any whitening procedure should be done prior to the placement of restorations.
People with numerous restorations that would result in uneven whitening may be better off considering bonding, veneers, or crowns rather than a tooth whitening system. Ask your dentist what strategy is best for you.
- Unrealistic expectations
Individuals who expect their teeth to be a new “blinding white” may be disappointed with their results.
Smokers need to be aware that their results will be limited unless they refrain from continued smoking, particularly during the bleaching process.
- Darkly stained teeth
Yellowish teeth respond well to bleaching, brownish-colored teeth respond less well and grayish-hue or purple-stained teeth may not respond to bleaching at all.
Blue-gray staining caused by the antibiotic tetracycline is more difficult to lighten and may require up to six months of home treatments or several in-office appointments to successfully lighten.
Teeth that have dark stains may be better candidates for another lightening option, such as veneers, bonding, or crowns. Talk to your dentist about which options are best suited for you.
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