Should you undergo a tooth whitening process?

Crowns, fillings and other teeth restorations.

Resin composite materials that are used in most dental restorations (veneers, crowns, bridges, bonding)  and tooth coloured fillings do not whiten, thus using a teeth whitening agent on teeth that contain these restorations will result in unproportional/uneven whitening. This is because the teeth whitening agent will make the teeth without restorations appear shades lighter than those with the restorations.

Therefore, any whitening procedure should be done before the placement of teeth restorations. People that have many teeth restorations that would hence result in uneven whitening may be better off if they consider veneers, bonding or crowns. You should ask for advice from your dentist as to which strategy is best for you.

Unrealistic expectations.

People who expect their teeth to be sparkling white “new teeth” may end up being very disappointed with their results. If you are a smoker, you need to be aware that the results you get will be limited unless you refrain completely from continued smoking. An approximation on the shade of your teeth you are going to get after a teeth whitening process that would give a kind of natural appearance to a person’s teeth is slightly a whiter colour than the white part of your eye.

Darkly stained teeth.

Teeth that are yellow respond very well to bleaching. Brownish coloured teeth respond less well compared to yellow teeth while greyish or purple stained teeth may not respond to teeth whitening at all. Some shades are more difficult to lighten thus may require up to six months of in-clinic or so as to successfully lighten your teeth. Teeth that have darker stains are better for other tooth shade  lightening option, such as bonding, veneers, or crowns. Contact us to discuss the options that are best suited for you.

Age and pregnancy issues.

Teeth whitening is not recommended for a child under the age of 16 because the nerve of the tooth or the pulp chamber, is enlarged until the age of 16. Bleaching teeth under this condition could lead to irritation of the pulp thus causing it to become more sensitive. Bleaching of teeth is also not recommended for breastfeeding or pregnant women.

Sensitive teeth and allergies.

People that have sensitive gums and teeth and gums should first consult with their dentist before undergoing a tooth whitening process. Individuals that are allergic to hydrogen peroxide (the teeth whitening agent) should not use a teeth whitening product.

Gum disease, cavities, exposed, worn enamel and exposed roots.

People with teeth that have a worn enamel or gum diseases are generally discouraged from undergoing a tooth bleaching procedure. The cavities need to be fully treated before undergoing any teeth whitening procedure because the teeth whitening products penetrate into the inner areas of the tooth, thus causing sensitivity.

 Alfred Willian
Author is an expert article writer who has written many articles on the topic of dental that are published on the high quality websites


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