Professional Teeth Whitening

Professional Teeth Whitening

A beautiful and vibrant smile says a lot about a person. Your smile is not just an image; it is a part of you that is shared with others around you. Clean and white teeth are known to attract attention and subconsciously we tend to judge individuals by their smiles.

Statistics reveal that we place a high value on our smiles.
According to an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry survey:

  • Virtually all adults (99.7%) believe a smile is an important social asset. 96% of adults believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex.
  • Three-quarters (74%) of adults feel an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chance for career success.
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And when respondents were asked, “What would you like to improve most about your smile?” The most common response was whiter & brighter teeth. If you are not happy with your smile, professional teeth whitening may be a good first step.

Professional Teeth Whitening is a simple, popular, and economical way of enhancing the appearance of your teeth. Dental Bleaching and laser tooth whitening are the most popular and least invasive methods available. They have proven to be safe and effective methods of achieving a brighter, more youthful smile. They can be done alone or in conjunction with other cosmetic dentistry procedures. Please be aware if a complete comprehensive dental examination is NOT performed before Teeth Whitening, major problems can occur, such as tooth sensitivity, and in extreme cases root resorption, which can cause loss of a tooth.

It is important to visit an expert cosmetic dentist to evaluate your gums, and areas of recessions, and to have sensitivity testing done before Tooth Whitening or Teeth Bleaching. Dental Bleaching products can cause root sensitivity in many people.

Who is not a candidate for teeth whitening?

Patients with sensitive teeth, patients with root exposures and recession of the gums, patients with leaking fillings, decayed teeth, micro fractures of teeth, cracked teeth, and patients with minimal enamel due to acid erosion or Bulimia.

Are cosmetic teeth whitening bad for your teeth?

Teeth Whitening is not bad for your teeth if you have healthy teeth and gum. If any sensitivity is experienced do not continue and contact your dentist. It is best done under the supervision of a licensed dentist. Sensitivity is a sign that something is wrong and can cause further damage if you insist on getting your teeth whitened. Know that most cosmetic dentists recommend at the initial stage of their treatment to have Teeth Whitened, of course, this is when the dentist has thoroughly examined you. Usually, Teeth Whitening is the precursor to getting Veneers, which are considered to have permanent white teeth.

Can yellow teeth become white?

Depends on if the yellow teeth are due to plaque or bacterial accumulation, and calculus. If that is the case, you might be a candidate for deep cleaning before having your teeth bleached. In many cases, the yellow color might be due to age, exposure to the root surface, lack of enamel, or dentin exposure. In those cases, the yellow will not get white and as a matter of fact, can damage your teeth. Know that root exposure or dentin exposure does not get white by bleaching teeth. Also note that some teeth especially in older age have yellow teeth that may not get that white, due to calcified dentin.

Do Tetracycline-Stained Teeth Get White?

Unfortunately, research has shown that due to intrinsic staining due to Tetracycline, bleaching does not work on Tetracycline teeth. Most patients with Tetracycline teeth need to have Porcelain Veneers and in some cases Porcelain Crown made.

If I Was Bulimic, Should I Bleach My Teeth?

Due to damage caused by acidity, it is not recommended to have unsupervised Teeth Bleaching done. Sensitivity can cause pain and further breakdown. There are ways to whiten your teeth only under the supervision of an experienced dentist.

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