Teeth whitening can eradicate discolorations and stains and brighten your smile by several shades. If you drink a lot of tea, coffee, cola or red wine, or if you smoke cigarettes, then you may have what are called “lifestyle stains.” Medications containing tetracycline can also stain your teeth, and aging can lead to thinning enamel. If you are considering teeth whitening and want to find out whether you are, or are not, a candidate for teeth whitening, read on.
Those with few or no fillings are most likely to benefit from teeth whitening. Healthy gums are also a pre-requisite for teeth whitening treatments – no responsible dentist will do a whitening treatment on a patient who has gum disease.
There are some circumstances that can make whitening treatments less successful. In some instances, you will not be a candidate for teeth whitening at all.
- Children Under 16
If you are younger than 16, you are not a candidate for teeth whitening. This is because the pulp chamber in young teeth is larger than that of an adult, and whitening treatments could cause irritation.
- Pregnant and Lactating Women
If you are pregnant or lactating, teeth whitening is not recommended.
- Allergies and Sensitivities
If you have sensitive teeth, you should let your dentist know. You may not be a candidate for teeth whitening. If you are allergic to peroxide, you will not be able to have your teeth whitened, since peroxide is the active ingredient in whitening systems.
- Multiple Restorations
If you have a lot of fillings, dental bonding or crowns, you may not be a candidate for dental whitening. This is because restorations will not respond to whitening, and a whitening treatment could result in a very uneven appearance. If you have yet to have restorations done, and are considering whitening, you should have the whitening treatment before the restoration.
As a final word, before considering a whitening treatment, you should be sure that you have realistic expectations. Of course expecting too much from the treatment will not preclude you from having it, but keep in mind that your teeth will not usually end up being super-white. You can, however, expect that they will be much whiter than they were before the treatment.
At Old Milton Dental, we can help you determine if you are not a candidate for teeth whitening. Most people are. Call us at 678-624-0370, or use the form on our Contact Us page to request a treatment. Our office is at 4165 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30005. Let’s get to work on your smile!