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Who is a Candidate for Tooth Whitening?

Anyone with natural permanent teeth can get tooth whitening. However, before this is done, the dentist will first assess your overall oral health then make recommendations on the ideal whitening method for you.

The choice of tooth whitening method will depend on the extent of discoloration or staining.
Below are the main recommendations your dentist may recommend in tooth whitening:

  • Professional cleaning aimed at removing the external staining which is caused by tobacco and food.
  • Bleaching. This can be done in-office or at home for the resistant discoloration.
  • Using whitening toothpaste. This helps clean-out surface stains between several dental visits.
  • Tooth-colored restorations or porcelain veneers to correct the damaged or irregular teeth or to get specific results.

Are you qualified?

As aforementioned, not everyone can qualify for all the aforementioned treatment methods. You need to talk to dentist first. Based on your current condition, the dentist will give recommendations on the best treatment approach. Here are a few points you need to understand about discolored teeth:

  • Yellow teeth react well to bleaching. Teeth that are grey or brown or those that are mottled or stripped from tetracycline or excess fluoride will not respond well to bleaching.
  • Chemical whitening methods should be avoided by persons with periodontal disease or sensitive teeth. The chemicals can cause irritation to the tender gums as well as the teeth.
  • Bleaching is recommended for natural teeth. However, this treatment is not recommended if your teeth have been treated with colored fillings, veneers, crowns or any bonded restorations of the front teeth.
  • When the discoloration is extreme, the dentist may recommend the use of veneer or crown. This leads to whiter teeth and a more attractive smile.
Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic Dentistry

Professional Cosmetic Dentistry

Getting a brighter smile only requires you to visit the office of a professional in aesthetic and cosmetic dentistry. The dentist will assess your condition and recommend the right whitening treatment. It is good to get the opinion of a dentist before you buy at-home treatment for tooth whitening. The best thing about tooth whitening today is that you don’t need to change your normal habits to whiten teeth. More often than not, you just need to replace your toothpaste with the whitening toothpaste. You may also need to buy whitening mouthwash, whitening strips, pens or trays. These are meant to supplement your oral hygiene practices.

What to watch out for when whitening teeth

There are certain foods you will need to avoid when whitening teeth. These are the foods that are known to cause discoloration of the teeth. They include tea, coffee, sports drinks, and wine. You will also need to quite smoking as this is the main cause of teeth discoloration.

The whole objective of tooth whitening is to improve your smile. Teeth are not naturally perfectly white. However, you can brighten your smile with whiter teeth. Tooth whitening focuses on the removal of stains on the surface of the teeth which accumulate after some years. Teeth will also discolor naturally with age. Your dentist will give recommendations on the best ways to remove the discoloration. Whiter teeth will give you more confidence.

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J Cave
J Cave
12:59 09 Jul 18
We moved to Barrie in 1997 and my family has been coming to Dr. Chapnick since then! We love the whole team and have never had a bad visit! I encourage everyone to come here .
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Nikki Stephens
21:37 06 Jun 18
I had such a relaxing experience for a tooth extraction. Super friendly staff. Now today is my son's first consult and he is having a great time in the play area. Highly recommended!
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Kayla Lopez
12:37 08 Jun 18
What a fantastic office, the staff are incredibly thoughtful and friendly ❤ And a big thank you to Monique, who was so patient and gentle with my kids, they're actually excited to go to the dentist if they know that shes going to be there. Highly recommend!
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Cassandra Mckechnie
15:28 31 May 18
The staff here are always so friendly! I hadn’t been to a dentist in years before coming here. It’s a very stress free environment where you can relax while there.
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Nadia Chalmers
19:04 30 Jan 18
Our daughter was 5 weeks old when she had a frenectomy done at Molson Park Dental and we couldn’t be happier with the experience and end results. The entire team was so friendly and did such a wonderful job keeping me at ease during the procedure. Also, our daughter started nursing 100 times better immediately after the procedure was done. We can’t thank you enough for allowing us to continue our breastfeeding journey pain free and allowing our daughter the ability to nurse efficiently :)
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