Are my teeth healthy enough for teeth whitening?
Whitening is an excellent way to enhance the look of your teeth. A bright, luminous smile improves your appearance and your self-confidence. Dr. Mark Docktor, a cosmetic dentist at Dental Arts of Englewood, New Jersey, is happy to offer whitening treatments to his patients. Before embarking on this journey, however, it's important to know the following information about how your dental health will affect your whitening treatment:
Am I a candidate for whitening?
Before whitening, it's important to have a consultation with your Englewood cosmetic dentist. He will check your teeth for any signs of decay or weakening of the enamel that may impact the results of a whitening treatment. Regardless of the health of your teeth, Dr. Docktor always recommends having a dental cleaning at Dental Arts of Englewood before you have any cosmetic procedure. This is especially important if it's been awhile since your last dental checkup. Having a professional cleaning ensures that your teeth are free of any buildup; tartar can affect the way the bleaching gel makes contact with the teeth.
Does whitening work for everyone?
It is important to remember that results vary with each patient. Most see excellent results (six to eight shades lighter), while others need repeat sessions to get the results they want. There are also certain stains that are resistant to whitening. For example, if your teeth are discolored as a result of antibiotic use in childhood, the staining is confined to the inside of the tooth and whitening gel cannot penetrate the enamel. Visible dental work, such as a bridge or crown, will also not respond to whitening and will remain the same color as before.
A consultation with your Englewood cosmetic dentist will help determine the source of your tooth discoloration and the best way to correct it. Contact Dental Arts of Englewood today to set up your appointment with Dr. Mark Docktor!