Candidates for Teeth Whitening
By Dr. David Wyse on February 18, 2015
Patients in and around Bloomington can count on the team at Chrisman & Wyse to help them get the smiles of their dreams. We offer a comprehensive array of treatment options to address aesthetic imperfections, including professional teeth whitening to bleach dental stains and tooth discoloration.
Many people who have stains or discoloration on their teeth qualify for teeth whitening treatment. Let's go over the basics of care and candidacy right now.
About Professional Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening involves the use of bleaching agents in order to whiten the actual structure of the tooth. When stains are present, these bleaching agents leave the remaining tooth structure brighter and whiter in the process, allowing patients to smile with confidence again.
Professional teeth whitening supervised by a dentist is far more effective than teeth whitening products that are available over-the-counter at your local store. Just one professional teeth whitening session can brighten a smile by up to eight shades.
General Candidacy for Teeth Whitening
Good candidates for teeth whitening are people who suffer from dental stains and tooth discoloration who are in otherwise good overall dental health. If a patient has a damaged or chipped tooth or suffers from tooth decay, these issues are generally best treated prior to the teeth whitening procedure.
Teeth Whitening Is Best for Bleaching Extrinsic Stains
Extrinsic dental stains are stains that originate on the surface level of the tooth. These kinds of stains are often caused by foods, beverages, and tobacco products. Since the bleaching agent is placed on the top layer of the tooth structure, it addresses the exact area from which the dental stain emerges and arises.
Understanding the Side Effects of Teeth Whitening
The side effects of teeth whitening are temporary and mild cases of tooth sensitivity. It's important that patients understand that tooth sensitivity will occur, however, so that they have realistic expectations about treatment. Rest assured that we will offer tips on how to minimize the temporary tooth sensitivity that you will experience.
Multiple Treatments May Be Necessary
On the note of realistic expectations, if a patient has a particularly bad case of tooth discoloration, it's important that he or she understand that multiple whitening sessions may be necessary. While the stain will be lighter after one session—perhaps significantly so—multiple sessions are not uncommon for treating those really tough, really deep tooth stains.
A Common Part of Smile Makeover Treatments
Teeth whitening is a common part of smile makeover treatments, which refer to combinations of cosmetic dentistry procedures that are designed to improve and enhance overall smile aesthetics. If patients are dealing with extrinsic stains, teeth whitening is a great way to get rid of them.
Alternatives to Teeth Whitening for Major Stains
For intrinsic stains (stains originating within the teeth) and other more serious kinds of dental stains, alternatives to teeth whitening such as porcelain veneers and dental bonding may be more ideal. The right option for your needs can be discussed in more detail during your consultation at the practice.
Learn More About Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment Options
For more information about teeth whitening treatment and alternatives that can give you a bright and beautiful smile, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. At Chrisman & Wyse, we will work closely with you to ensure that you receive the treatment you need to smile with confidence.
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