Would Teeth Whitening Work for Me?

By Rose Dental Associates
November 18, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out if professional teeth whitening is exactly what you need for that more vibrant smile.

You can freely admit your love of morning cup(s) of coffee; it gets you through the day. You couldn’t imagine giving it up and whenever teeth whiteningyou hear that people don’t drink coffee, you somehow wonder how they can even get going in the morning. Americans certainly love their coffee, but not the stains that come with it. If you are thinking about turning to one of our Albany, NY dentists for teeth whitening, find out if this is the right option for you.

What causes stains?

There are several ways that teeth can become discolored. The most common reasons include consuming stain-causing foods and drinks, like dark sodas, coffee, berries, tomato sauce and red wine. Of course, smoking and even the natural aging process can also take their toll on the color of your smile.

Trauma, excessive fluoride and certain medications (e.g. antibiotics) can also cause stains to form, but these stains are internal rather than external.

Who should consider professional in-office teeth whitening?

An ideal candidate for our teeth whitening system is someone who has healthy, cavity-free teeth, healthy gums and who just wants to whiten their smile. Those with yellow stains respond best to whitening treatment. Stains caused by foods, drinks, smoking or aging will achieve the best results with our in-office system. However, if the stains are more severe, you may require more than one whitening session.

Who might not be a good candidate for teeth whitening?

There are certain factors that can help our Albany cosmetic dentists determine whether teeth whitening is the right approach for whitening your smile. Here are some circumstances we need to take into account:

  • Tooth sensitivity and allergies: Those with receding gums and serious tooth sensitivity may notice an increase in sensitivity after whitening. Also, if you are allergic to peroxide please let us know right away, as our bleaching agents contain peroxide.
  • Dental Problems: If you have cavities, gum disease or worn teeth we may determine that whitening isn’t the best option for you. Gum disease should be under control and cavities should be treated prior to any cosmetic dentistry.
  • Age: Children under the age of 16 should not undergo whitening treatment. Since the dental pulp of the tooth is larger when you are younger, this procedure could cause irritation or sensitivity to the pulp.
  • Dental Work: It’s important to know that everything from dental fillings to crowns and bridges will not whiten, even with our powerful whitening system (the system only works on natural tooth structures). If you want a whiter restoration we will need to replace your old restoration for a new, brighter one.

Stop wasting time and money on one commercial whitening kit after the other and turn to Rose Dental Associates in Albany, NY for professional whitening that really works. You’ll be amazed by the results!