4 Times Teeth Whitening Doesn’t Work
Teeth Whitening Is Very Popular
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular Cosmetic Dentistry procedures at our office, hands down.
A recent survey showed 80% of Americans aged 18 to 49 want whiter teeth, with women leading in this area at 85%.
And 6 out 10 people believe a whiter, brighter smile would boost their self-confidence especially in the 18 to 24 age range.
Americans reportedly account for more than $1.4 billion of the $3.2 billion dollar global cosmetic tooth bleaching industry.
Everyone wants a healthy looking dazzling white smile, but there are times when you won’t get the desired results with teeth whitening.
When Teeth Whitening Doesn’t Get Results
Whether you plan on using an over-the-counter teeth whitening product or you elect to have your teeth whitened at your dentist’s office, there are times when you will not be happy with the results.
Think of it like this, if you were going to slap a new coat of paint on your house there are a few things you’d want to make sure of before wasting your time, money & paint.
You’d want to first do things like clean & remove any old paint, fill in any big gaps or voids in the exterior, then prime the area to be painted.
This would ensure that the new paint will adhere to your house’s exterior and last a long time.
It’s very much the same with teeth whitening, there is no sense trying to whiten your teeth if your teeth & gums are not in tip-top shape.
4 Times Teeth Whitening Won’t Work So Well
1. Veneers, Bonded Teeth & Tooth-Colored Fillings
Traditional whitening treatments do not work on porcelain or most cosmetic bonding materials.
If you have porcelain veneers, dentures, crowns, or dental implants, or if you have undergone cosmetic bonding or have composite tooth-colored fillings, those teeth will not respond well to any whitening procedure.
If you’re concerned with whitening your teeth but don’t want to wind up with less than stellar results due to pre-existing dental work, talk with your dentist to determine the best possible solution for your smile – before you go spend $50 at the grocery store or pharmacy.
2. Gum Disease Goes First
You’ve heard of putting the cart before the horse right?
Well, that lesson certainly holds true when we’re talking about teeth whitening when you have gum disease.
Not only will the results improve when no gum disease is present, you’ll also experience a lot less discomfort from the actually whitening process.
When gums are red, inflamed, and bleeding, teeth whitening treatment can be very uncomfortable due to the irritation & sensitivity of your less than healthy gums.
Your health is more important than your appearance.
Gum disease has been linked to many overall health issues such as stroke, dementia, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, pregnancy complications, and more.
Do yourself a favor, if you’re showing signs of gum disease (red, swollen, bleeding gums), take care of your health before worrying about teeth whitening.
3. Clean, Then Whiten
If you haven’t kept up with your regularly scheduled dental exams & teeth cleanings then don’t count on optimal results from any teeth whitening procedure.
Plaque is the sticky film that collects on the surface of your teeth that if not removed will eventually contribute to tooth decay and gum disease.
The same house painting analogy works here too, undergoing any teeth whitening treatment while there is visible plaque is a waste of time & money – you just won’t get the best results, and it’s unhealthy.
If you have not had your teeth cleaned do yourself a favor and take care of that simple preventative smile maintenance before opting for the teeth whitening.
4. Broken Fillings & Cavities
Again, your teeth & gums should be in good shape before undergoing any teeth whitening procedure, whether that’s an over-the-counter solution or an in-office whitening system at your dentist.
The same is true if gum disease is present or if you’re overdue for a cleaning, broken fillings & cavities need to be addressed first.
Aside from the health aspect, teeth whitening solutions can create discomfort or even pain when they come in contact with decayed portions of a tooth.
You don’t want to hit the ceiling when tooth bleaching solution touches a nerve, so take care of those broken fillings & cavities (however minor) before undergoing any teeth whitening.
What Teeth Whitening Procedure Is Best?
Professional whitening – at your dentist’s office – is the fastest & most affordable way to correct teeth discoloration & staining.
Results always vary, but teeth whitening performed by your dentist will normally deliver 5-8x better results as compared to what you can buy off the shelf.
Most over-the-counter products fail to deliver such dramatic results as professional teeth whitening can.
What’s the number one thing you can do to ensure you achieve the best results from teeth whitening?
Talk with your dentist, even if you do choose to go the DIY route!
Aside from spotting any underlying issues that could lead to disappointing results, your dentist can also discuss the pros & cons of each teeth whitening procedure with you before you waste the time & money on any 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).
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