Am I a Candidate for Professional Teeth Whitening?

December 19, 2018 - 8 minutes read

When you look in the mirror, are you happy with the color of your teeth? Most people feel like their teeth could look a bit whiter. This is completely normal. Yellowing and stains is a normal part of aging and a natural effect of eating and drinking certain foods and drinks. It’s impossible for teeth to stay a perfect white forever which is why we are pleased to offer professional teeth whitening at our Dayton Valley dental office. Find out if you are a good candidate for professional teeth whitening at Dayton Valley Dental Care.

What is Professional Tooth Whitening?

Professional teeth whitening is a teeth whitening treatment administered by your Dayton Valley dentist. It differs from the teeth whitening treatments you can purchase at your local stores or on the internet because it’s made of high bleach content that only your dentist can provide you with. Professional teeth whitening can lighten your teeth up to 8 shades with an in-office treatment or over the course of a couple of weeks using the at-home kit. Talk to our dentist about the shade of white you would like to achieve and he will create the perfect treatment plan to achieve these results. You can expect your treatment to leave you with even results that last for the next year. Professional teeth whitening is absolutely worth the price.

You are 16 Years Old or Older

One of the first requirements for being a good candidate for teeth whitening is that you are at least 16 years old. This is a requirement because teeth that are younger have an enlarged pulp chamber also known as the nerve of the tooth. It stays enlarged until around age 16. If teeth are whitened prior to age 16, the tooth pulp may become irritated or cause severe tooth sensitivity.

You are Not Pregnant

We also do not allow women who are pregnant to be a candidate for teeth whitening. This is because women who are pregnant are more prone to pregnancy gingivitis. This is when the gums become inflamed due to pregnancy hormones. When you whiten teeth in a mouth that has gingivitis, this can irritate your gums even more by making them swell, become tenderer and even bleed. We recommend waiting to whiten your teeth until after your pregnancy gingivitis passes.

You Do Not Have Sensitive Teeth

Do your teeth hurt when they are exposed to hot, cold or sweets? If the answer is yes, we don’t think you would be a good candidate for teeth whitening. This is because professional teeth whitening can actually cause your teeth to become more sensitive. Although there are a few professional teeth whitening treatments out there that are supposed to combat sensitive teeth. Talk with our dentist to find out if there is a good tooth whitening solution for you. We can also provide you with sensitivity treatments following your teeth whitening is you feel you absolutely need it regardless of the potential side effects.

You Do Not Have Lots of Restorations

We also do not recommend professional teeth whitening for patients who have a lot of dental restorations. If you have dental crowns, fillings, veneers, dental bridges, partial dentures, inlays or onlays in your teeth at the front of your mouth, teeth whitening not be the best treatment for you. This is because restorations cannot be whitened due to the material they are made of. If you were to whiten your teeth with these restorations in your mouth, your natural teeth would be a different shade than your restorations. The only way around this is to have your restorations replaced with a brighter shade of white. You would also need to whiten your teeth regularly to have them match. Since this is inconvenient, patients with restorations are not good candidates for teeth whitening.

You are Free of Gum Disease, Cavities, or Exposed Roots

Before you can receive a teeth whitening treatment, our dentist will give you a quick dental exam to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy enough. We look to see if you have any cavities, exposed roots or signs of gum disease. If any of these problems are present, we will recommend that you have them treated in order to receive your teeth whitening treatment.

You Have Unrealistic Expectations

Before you receive your professional teeth whitening treatment, we need to verify that you have realistic expectations for your teeth whitening results. This means that you don’t expect your teeth to be as white as snow with one treatment and that you understand that professional teeth whitening does not work on every patient the way they want it to. If you expect your teeth to be a blinding white, you will be disappointed. Our dentist will help you pick the right shade to whiten your teeth to and will help you achieve those results.

Your Teeth are Stained or Yellow

Good candidates for teeth whitening will display teeth that are yellow or stained. The yellow color or stains can be caused by certain medications, aging, or simply from enjoying certain foods or drinks. If you are unhappy with the color of your teeth, you are a good candidate for professional teeth whitening.

Over the Counter Whitening Did Not Work

The last reason you would be a good candidate for professional teeth whitening is if you have tried over the counter teeth whitening products and they didn’t work. We don’t ever recommend professional teeth whitening products because they rarely work and often deliver unreliable results. In addition, they can damage your teeth. If you want to achieve beautiful teeth whitening results and feel secure knowing that you won’t be wasting your money, professional teeth whitening is right for you.

Schedule a Professional Teeth Whitening in Dayton Valley Today

If you’re ready to schedule an appointment for professional teeth whitening with our dentist in Dayton Valley, give our dental office a call today or fill out our online form.