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Is Dental Teeth Whitening Right for Me?

teeth whiteningBloomsburg, Danville, and Lewisburg, PA

Professional teeth whitening is one of the most popular procedures in cosmetic dentistry. This quick and easy treatment produces brighter, whiter teeth for immediate results that last much longer than what you’d get by using store-bought whitening products. But is teeth whitening right for you? Today on the blog, our cosmetic dentists in Bloomsburg explain what makes someone a good candidate for professional teeth whitening.

What can teeth whitening do for you?

Teeth whitening is the ideal solution for stained or yellowing teeth. Almost everyone’s teeth lose their luster as they age, certain lifestyle choices and neglecting one’s oral health may cause stains to build up and worsen more quickly. Teeth accumulate surface stains known as extrinsic stains, and sometimes stains develop inside of a tooth, known as intrinsic stains, which are difficult to get rid of unless you opt for a professional whitening procedure. Additionally, extrinsic stains respond best to professional teeth whitening as opposed to results you’d get using store-bought whitening products. Therefore, professional teeth whitening produces more profound results than any other whitening product available.

Are you a candidate for teeth whitening?

Most healthy adults and teens are eligible for teeth whitening, although the dentist may assess several factors to determine if this treatment is ideal for you.

  • Oral health – You should have good oral health if you’re considering teeth whitening. Not only will brushing and flossing your teeth daily decrease your risk of certain oral diseases, but these efforts also help reduce tooth stains, helping your results last longer. If you have any oral health issues, the dentist will discuss how to get your oral health back on track for not only a beautiful but healthy smile before you begin teeth whitening treatments.
  • Tooth sensitivity – Professional teeth whitening products are administered by an oral health professional under the guidance of a trained cosmetic dentist, unlike store-bought whitening measures, which are more likely to lead to tooth sensitivity. However, the dentist will check your tooth sensitivity level to ensure it is safe and comfortable for you to undergo professional teeth whitening. It is unlikely that a dental whitening procedure will worsen your condition, but it’s best to receive an oral examination before opting to whiten your teeth.
  • Dental restorations – Having existing dental work does not mean that you cannot or should not whiten your teeth. But teeth whitening generally does not have any effect on porcelain or composite dental restorations. Therefore, if you have any restorations in your front teeth that are visible when you smile, you could notice a difference in the whiteness of your natural teeth compared to your restorations. On the contrary, if you have a whiter-looking restoration that no longer matches your natural teeth, teeth whitening may be the best way to match your teeth to your restorations.

Professional teeth whitening in Bloomsburg, Danville and Lewisburg in Pennsylvania

While you may be tempted to save money by purchasing store-bought whitening products, you’re most likely going to be disappointed with your results. Instead, get the biggest bang for your buck by choosing professional teeth whitening at Hamilton Dental Care. We work with the KöR Whitening system, a proprietary tri-barrel delivery system that can be administered in office or, for maximum convenience, at home. To find out more, schedule a consultation today by calling (570) 387-0533.