Enjoy a Rejuvenated Smile with Teeth Whitening
By J. Brent Gorrell on August 15, 2014
Professional teeth whitening can remove years of stains and discoloration, revealing a rejuvenated, bright white smile. If yellowed or discolored teeth are causing you to hide your smile, teeth whitening may be right for you.
Candidates for Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is an extremely safe, non-invasive cosmetic dentistry treatment. Teeth whitening is fast, effective, and great for those looking to transform their smiles in a single dental visit. Candidates for teeth whitening include patients who:
- Suffer from yellowed, discolored teeth: Teeth can become yellowed or discolored due to the foods we eat and drink, age, or even injury. Teeth whitening treatments can lift such discolorations to reveal a whiter, brighter smile.
- Have healthy gums and teeth: The teeth and gums must be healthy before undergoing teeth whitening treatments.
- Are embarrassed by tooth discoloration: For those who are too embarrassed to smile because of stained, discolored teeth, teeth whitening treatments can help.
- Have teeth free of dental restorations: It is preferred that teeth whitening patients are free of front facing dental restorations, as tooth-colored dental restorations do not respond to bleaching. Teeth whitening should be done before restorations are put in.
Professional teeth whitening is suitable for most people, however, some do not make good candidates. Those who don't make the best candidates for teeth whitening include:
- Patients with dental restorations: Since tooth-colored dental restorations cannot be whitened with teeth whitening treatments, patients with tooth-colored dental restorations are at risk of experiencing a mismatch of color between the natural teeth and restoration. If you have dental restorations, these may need to be replaced after whitening treatment to match the new shade of the teeth.
- Pregnant or lactating women: Though teeth whitening treatments are safe, it is recommending pregnant or lactating women do not undergo teeth whitening.
- Children under 16: Children under 16 are more prone to experiencing tooth sensitivity after whitening treatment.
- Those with oral health issues: Those with gum disease, dental cavities, or worn enamel should not undergo whitening treatments until all dental issues are resolved.
- Those with sensitive teeth: Teeth whitening can temporarily increase tooth sensitivity, so those who suffer from tooth sensitivity may not want to undergo this treatment.
The Benefits of Teeth Whitening
There are many benefits to undergoing teeth whitening treatment. With professional teeth whitening, patients can enjoy a refreshed smile in as little as one 30-minute whitening treatment! Some of the many benefits of professional teeth whitening include:
- Results in a single treatment: Teeth whitening treatments can yield significant results in a single dental visit.
- Fast and effective: Professional teeth whitening treatments are fast and effective, often only requiring a single, 30-minute dental visit.
- Safely remove stains: Teeth whitening is non-invasive and safely removes stains.
- Improved confidence: Teeth whitening can improve confidence by restoring the teeth to a bright, white and eliminating embarrassing discoloration.
- Rejuvenated smile: Yellowed, stained teeth can age the face. Teeth whitening can rejuvenate the smile, and your overall appearance, by removing aging stains.
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