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Are my teeth healthy enough for a whitening treatment?

A white smile can boost your self-esteem. However, before you can have your teeth whitened, your dentist must examine them to see if they are healthy enough for the procedure. The criteria we use to determine if teeth whitening is a good option for you are outlined by our team at Saba Road Dental

Whitening is a great way to enhance the appearance of your teeth. A brighter, whiter smile can help you reveal a more confident grin. That said, before you apply the first whitening strip, there are some things you should know before bleaching your teeth. Our Surrey dental team will need to examine your smile to make sure your teeth are healthy enough for whitening treatment. In this post, we share the criteria for deciding whether teeth whitening is right for you. 

Am I a good candidate for teeth whitening?

If you're considering teeth whitening, schedule an appointment with your Saba Road dentist, who will examine your teeth for signs of enamel weakness or decay that could affect the outcome of the whitening treatment. If you have periodontal disease or extremely sensitive teeth, we may advise against bleaching and instead recommend porcelain veneers.

Individuals who have yellow tones in their teeth but have healthy, unrestored teeth (no fillings) and gums are the best candidates for teeth whitening.

What should I expect from teeth whitening treatment?

While bleaching has been shown to be safe and effective, some patients may experience mild tooth sensitivity or gum irritation during treatment. These symptoms should subside once the procedure is complete. In terms of outcomes, dental teeth bleaching can only change the colour of your teeth from grey to a lighter shade of grey.

Bear in mind that each patient's results will vary, and visible restorations such as a crown or bridge will not whiten and will remain the same shade as before.

After bleaching your teeth with one of our cosmetic kits, you should have at least one vial of bleaching gel remaining from your initial course of treatment. This can be used to "refresh" your smile, and additional bleaching gel vials can be purchased to use in conjunction with your custom mouth guard as needed.

Consistent Oral Hygiene Preserves Smiles Best

Our dentists always recommend visiting the dentist once every six months for a checkup and cleaning, regardless of how healthy your teeth are (the frequency of your visits depending on the general condition of your teeth and gums and your at-home oral hygiene routine). The best way to maintain your white smile and keep oral health issues at bay is to combine a solid at-home oral care routine with regular dental visits.

Do you want to know if you're a good candidate for Saba Road's teeth whitening services? Contact us right away. Every time you visit our clinic, we want you to have a positive experience.

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