3 Questions To Answer Before Whitening Your Teeth
Teeth Whitening Options Vary In Effectiveness – and Safety
On the supermarket shelves and at your dentist’s office, there are a bunch of teeth whitening options available to anyone looking to shape up their smile a couple few shades.
Ultimately whether you choose to go the DIY teeth whitening route, or select a safer, more effective teeth whitening treatment administered by a professional – your dentist – is up to you.
But there are some things you need to know, in order to achieve the best results possible, in the safest way.
Before you decide on a teeth whitening option, you should first determine a couple things:
- If you are you a good candidate for teeth whitening
- The results are you expecting to achieve
You can determine these things by asking your dentist these three questions…
3 Questions To Ask Your Dentist Before Whitening Your Teeth
Do I have any dental health issues?
This is probably the most important because you’ll first want to identify what is causing the actual staining or yellowing of your teeth before undergoing any whitening treatment.
Furthermore, if you have any tooth decay or gum disease present, sensitivity issues, or other dental issues you need to get your mouth healthy before the teeth whitening.
Aside from underlying issues possibly being a contributing cause of your less-than-stellar smile, those issues will negatively impact the results.
Teeth whitening wouldn’t work, it would only cover up the problem, it would also be a waste of money.
There are also certain aesthetic situations where people may choose to undergo other cosmetic dentistry options before teeth whitening – like people with gummy smiles or short teeth.
In those situations, treatments such as scaling, grafts, veneers or bonding would be the preferable treatment and achieve more desirable results.
How much teeth whitening do I really need?
Everyone is different, and there’s no one answer.
Only by undergoing a dental exam & teeth cleaning will you know which option is best for you, in terms of both safety and effectiveness.
While there is not a one-size-fits-all solution to a whiter smile, there is a major misconception out there when it comes to teeth whitening – the whitest smile isn’t always the more attractive smile.
It’s been said that the most attractive and natural teeth color is one that matches the whites of your eyes.
The strength and effectiveness of different methods and products will vary a great deal, that’s why we highly recommend you having a conversation with your trusted dentist before getting your teeth whitening.
What if I have existing dental work?
In most cases, no matter which teeth whitening methods or products you choose will be completely ineffective on any existing dental work – like composite fillings, veneers, crowns…etc.
The chemicals used in teeth whitening will have no effect on the biocompatible materials used in common restorative dentistry procedures like tooth-colored (composite) resins or ceramic dental crowns.
This is why it’s so important to talk with your dentist before undergoing teeth whitening treatment, you’re not going to be happy with the results when your natural teeth are eight shades whiter than your surrounding dental work.
Before you decide on teeth whitening, visit us first for a complete exam, cleaning, and consultation.
We’ll discuss whether whitening is a good option for you, whether there are other issues we should address first, and what results you can expect.
We understand that you may not always choose in-office teeth whitening, so we’ll also be happy to discuss and advise you on commercial products you might be interested in to help you get the most from your chosen teeth whitening solution.
Wayne NJ ZOOM! Teeth Whitening by Frank V. Maldonado, D.D.S.
We proudly provide ZOOM! teeth whitening, in addition to all phases of Cosmetic Dentistry services for Wayne and the surrounding North Jersey communities of Franklin Lakes, Montville, Kinnelon, Oakland, Pompton Lakes, Pompton Plains, Towaco, Butler, Paterson, Lincoln Park, Pequannock, Little Falls and Fairfield.
A bright, beautiful smile can make a big difference. The ZOOM! Whitening System makes it easier and faster than ever before.
The entire procedure takes just over one hour. The procedure begins with a preparation period followed by one hour of bleaching. A five-minute fluoride treatment completes the procedure (we recommend a cleaning prior to the actual Zoom! Whitening session).
We are also offering significant savings on take-home teeth whitening:
A new beautiful smile is just a phone call away…schedule your appointment today at (973) 694-8625.
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