If you have crowns, bridges, veneers, or even tooth-colored fillings, those restorations were carefully matched to the color of your actual teeth. While whitening treatments will lighten your natural teeth, it won’t affect your restorations, which could result in a color mismatch. Whitening teeth before restorations lets your dentist match the restorations to whiter teeth. If you really want a whiter smile and already have restorations, veneers or lumineers may be a better solution for you.
Do You Have Sensitive Teeth?
Whitening can be abrasive, so if you have sensitive teeth or gums, a whitening treatment could exacerbate that sensitivity. If you struggle with sensitive teeth or gums, that doesn’t necessarily mean that whitening is off the table — but you should speak with your dentist about it before scheduling the procedure. Some treatments are better for sensitive teeth. Your dentist may be able to use a whitening approach that’s easier on teeth. Or she may recommend other procedures that could deliver similar results through a different technique.
You Have Poor Oral Health
If you suffer from gum disease or have untreated cavities, those things need to be treated before you can undergo a whitening procedure. Otherwise, you may end up dealing with pain or discomfort after the procedure. Plus, whitening may not be as effective as it could be on healthy teeth. Instead, make sure your oral health is tip top before you start looking at cosmetic treatments. A healthy smile should come first, and a beautiful smile second!
Whitening is a common procedure, and a quick one, but don’t let that fool you into taking it lightly. Just like any other dental procedure, it’s important that you have a dental exam beforehand and discuss your options with your dentist to ensure that whitening is the right choice for you, and will deliver the results you want.
Call élan at (918) 528-3330 or contact us online to make an appointment and find out whether you’re a good candidate for whitening.