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Is teeth whitening for everyone?

Posted on 07/12/2017
Is teeth whitening for everyone?

The most frequently asked question when a patient walks into a dental clinic is: “Can I whiten my teeth?” And we always give the same answer: “It depends”. There are a number of reasons that a teeth-whitening treatment might not be for everyone:

  • People 13 years old and younger, since they are still growing and don’t have all their permanent teeth yet.
  • People with periodontal disease and people with sensitive teeth or dental hypersensitivity should avoid performing these types of treatment because they contain chemicals that may irritate the gums.
  • People who have veneers or dental crowns, since bleach has no effect on their shade.
  • Pregnant or lactating women.
  • Patients with active, untreated cavities.

So…what makes a good candidate for teeth whitening? You must meet these requirements if you want to whiten your teeth:

  • Clean teeth with no bacterial plaque and tartar.
  • Excellent oral hygiene.
  • Healthy gums.
  • No cavities, infections or leaking fillings.

Given all these reasons, it’s clear that not everyone can get their teeth whitened.

Which is why we recommended that you schedule a dental exam with the dentist at Casanova25 if you’re thinking about getting your teeth whitened for professional advice about whether this type of treatment is right for you.