Teeth Whitening Candidates: Who Can Benefit from a Bright Smile?

By Steven Kail on May 21, 2015

A woman smilingHere at Premier Dental Center, we pride ourselves on offering excellent care. Patients who visit our Jackson, Brownsville, and Bells offices get ample information about all cosmetic and restorative procedures, allowing them to undergo expert care with excellent results.

Many patients wonder how professional teeth whitening can make a smile look its whitest. Let's consider who the ideal candidates are for teeth whitening treatment right now.

General Candidacy for Professional Teeth Whitening

Ideal candidates for teeth whitening are people who have smiles that are not as bright, white, and flawless as they wish they were. These candidates will often have stains on their prominent front teeth that make them feel self-conscious about smiling, laughing, and speaking around others.

The Type of Tooth Discoloration Matters

While professional teeth whitening can have a positive effect on even the deepest of stains, it's most effective when treating extrinsic tooth discoloration. These kinds of dental stains originate at the surface level of a tooth and are often caused by foods, beverages, and tobacco products.

Patients who suffer from intrinsic dental stains are poor candidates for teeth whitening. These kinds of stains originate from within a tooth. Since the teeth whitening solution can only access the outer layers of a tooth, intrinsic stains simply cannot be treated through teeth whitening treatment with any effectiveness.

Age-related dental stains, which are a combination of extrinsic and intrinsic discoloration, can be address through teeth whitening treatment to some degree, though your dentist will determine if it will be effective for your situation.

Good General Dental Wellness Is Important

Patients who undergo teeth whitening treatment should be in good overall dental health and not suffer from any kinds of serious wellness issues such as tooth decay, tooth injury, or gum disease. Good dental wellness will help ensure the best possible results from teeth whitening procedures.

Realistic Expectations About Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening treatment can result in brighter and whiter smiles. Some patients are able to have their teeth brightened by eight whole shades in just one session with their dentist. However, results can vary, and it's important that patients have realistic expectations about the teeth whitening process and what can be achieved. For instance, it's not uncommon for patients to require multiple teeth whitening sessions to get their teeth looking their very best.

Alternatives to Teeth Whitening for Non-Candidates

If a patient is considered a poor candidate for teeth whitening treatment, there are plenty of alternatives to consider to enhance the overall appearance of your smile. For major stains that cannot be lightened by teeth whitening, the ideal option to consider is often dental bonding or porcelain veneers. These treatment options will involve the masking of serious stains, helping your smile look its absolute best.

During a consultation at our practice, you can find out all of your options for cosmetic dentistry enhancement and which might be most ideal for you and your needs.

Learn More About Teeth Whitening Treatment

For more information about advanced teeth whitening treatment and how it can help you have the healthy and beautiful smile of your dreams, it's important that you contact our advanced dental care centers today. The team here at Premier Dental Center looks forward to meeting you in person and discussing your treatment options in greater detail.

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