Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic restorations. Although you can buy over the counter teeth whiteners and even find some home remedies, there are advantages to seeing us for a whitening plan.
We adhere to the American Dental Association’s (ADA) recommendation: You should have a complete dental exam before you undergo any whitening process.
“The ADA recommends that if you choose to use a bleaching product, you should only do so after consultation with a dentist. This is especially important for patients with many fillings, crowns, and extremely dark stains. A thorough oral examination, performed by a licensed dentist, is essential to determine if bleaching is an appropriate course of treatment. The dentist and patient together can determine the most appropriate treatment. The dentist may then advise the patient and supervise the use of bleaching agents within the context of a comprehensive, appropriately sequenced treatment plan.”
Adopted by the Council on Scientific Affairs (April 2012).
Our Dental Exam for Teeth Whitening
- We look at your dental health and your dental history, checking for allergies and any sensitivity you may have.
- We look at your hard and soft gum tissues.
- We check any restorative work you may have had previously.
Once you have had a thorough exam, we will give you our recommendation. If you have a gum infection or tooth decay we will help you remedy these problems before we offer a teeth whitening regimen.
If your original tooth color is on the grey side we may recommend custom bleaching trays. If you have had previous bonding we may recommend other options such as porcelain veneers or new bonding.