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Candidates for Professional Teeth Whitening Treatment

May 17, 2015 — by Keith Kelley, DDS
Tags: Teeth Whitening Cosmetic Dentistry Tooth Discoloration

A woman in green smilingPatients of Dr. Keith Kelley know that he is a leading dental care provider in the greater Troy area. This includes advanced dental care procedures that improve dental health as well as cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening, which improve the beauty of a person's smile.

Given the popularity of professional and over-the-counter teeth whitening, we'd like to consider candidacy for the treatment in brief right now.

About Teeth Whitening

While dental bleaching systems can vary to some degree, the general process of treatment is the same. The process involves the use of special bleaching agents that are applied to the surface of the teeth. These bleaching agents whiten the discolored tooth structure, bleaching the stains and making them disappear.

How does professional teeth whitening compare to over-the-counter products?

There is generally no comparison. Professional teeth whitening provides some of the finest results when it comes to teeth whitening. Even the most sophisticated over-the-counter tray and strip systems cannot achieve the same results as quickly or as effectively.

General Candidacy for Teeth Whitening

General candidates for teeth whitening are people who suffer from stains and discoloration of their teeth that make them feel self-conscious. They should be in good overall dental health and not suffer from tooth decay or tooth injury that results in serious dental health issues.

Teeth Whitening is Ideal for Extrinsic Dental Stains

Good candidates for teeth whitening are people who suffer from dental stains that are extrinsic in nature. This means that the tooth discoloration originates at the enamel layer of the teeth. These kinds of stains are often caused by smoking, chewing tobacco, coffee, red wine, curries, beets, and other kinds of foods that result in stains to some degree.

Some stains, on the other hand, are intrinsic in nature. These are stains that are caused by internal matters regarding the teeth, such as genetic predispositions or internal damage and infection. These kinds of intrinsic stains cannot be treated through the use of teeth whitening, in which cases another kind of treatment will be required.

Teeth Whitening Can Help in Total Smile Makeovers

Teeth whitening is often an important part of total smile makeover procedures. This refers to the combination of multiple cosmetic treatments that are designed to enhance the overall appearance of the smile. For example, a smile makeover might use teeth whitening for extrinsic stains as well as porcelain veneers to treat chips, cracks, and other aesthetic issues.

Alternatives to Teeth Whitening for Major Stains

If a stain is intrinsic in nature or very deep set and tooth difficult to be bleached, the ideal alternative treatment will be the use of porcelain veneers or dental bonding, both of which will conceal the stain from view. The best treatment for you and your needs can be discussed in more detail during the consultation process.

Learn More About Teeth Whitening and Your Options for Treating Dental Stains

For more information about teeth whitening and how it can help you have a beautiful smile, it's important that you contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Keith Kelley and the entire team at the practice looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you have the healthiest and most beautiful smile possible.

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