Millions of people suffer from dental discoloration, even those who brush, floss, and visit the dentist regularly. Food, environmental factors, and aging eventually leave their mark on the natural radiance of teeth.
Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic procedure with great rewards. It eliminates stains and can lighten teeth beyond their natural shade. One looks more attractive, younger, smiles more, and has greater confidence.
However, this popular practice has limitations and drawbacks and is not for everyone.
Ideal candidates for teeth whitening procedures have mild to moderate discolored teeth due to the consumption of cola, coffee, tea, or wine. Discoloration due to genes or antibiotics will have a less dramatic result.
Teeth whitening isn’t suitable for people who:
Here are a few additional things to keep in mind if opting for teeth whitening:
Your results will depend on the existing undertones natural to your teeth. Yellow undertones have higher success rates than brown undertones. Gray undertones are the least responsive.
Results typically last just 1 – 3 years. Smoking, chewing tobacco, drinking coffee or other staining foods and beverages, may cause the whitening last even shorter periods of time.
Tooth and gum sensitivity are the most common side effects of teeth whitening. Half of all the people who undergo the procedure experience some degree of temporary tooth sensitivity. Those with existing dental conditions such as gum recession, cracked teeth or more, have a higher risk of sensitivity.
For teeth whitening, cosmetic or implant dentistry, contact Dr. Ernie Soto at (954) 368-6264 or fill out our online consultation request form to schedule an appointment.