Remove Years of Dental Discoloration: Candidates for Teeth Whitening

A man and women with bright teeth	Though it's completely normal for teeth to yellow over time, dental discoloration can be a major source of embarrassment. Fortunately, teeth whitening can help. Professional teeth whitening is highly effective at erasing years of dental stains in as little as one dental visit.

Teeth Whitening Candidates

Many people make great candidates for teeth whitening treatment. Professional teeth whitening is safe, gentle, and effective at removing deep stains and discoloration. Because teeth whitening is non-invasive, it is suitable for most patients. Candidates for teeth whitening include those with:

  • Yellowed, stained, or discolored teeth: The foods we eat and drink (like wine and coffee), tobacco use, and injury can all discolor the teeth. Dental stains and discoloration can be easily removed with professional teeth whitening.
  • Feel embarrassed by yellowed teeth: Yellowed teeth can cause embarrassment and make sufferers feel the need to hide their smiles. Those who are embarrassed by the discoloration of their teeth make prime candidates for teeth whitening.
  • Don't have dental restorations: Those with front facing dental restorations may not want to undergo teeth whitening because dental restorations will not whiten along with the natural teeth. This can lead to noticeable color variation. If you have dental restorations, you may need to have them replaced to match your new, bright smile.
  • Have healthy gums and teeth: Healthy gums and teeth are a must when considering teeth whitening.

Though teeth whitening can be performed on most people wishing to brighten their smiles, some people should not undergo whitening treatments. These include:

  • Those with oral health problems: Those with oral health issues like cavities, gum disease, and weakened enamel do not make good candidates for teeth whitening. Oral health problems will need to be addressed before teeth whitening can be performed.
  • Those with dental restorations: As stated previously, those with dental restorations should not have their teeth whitened as this can lead to different colored teeth. Restorations will need to be replaced to match the surrounding whitened teeth.
  • Those with teeth sensitivity: Those who already suffer from tooth sensitivity may not want to undergo teeth whitening treatment as teeth whitening is known to temporarily increase tooth sensitivity.
  • Children under 16: Those under 16 are more likely to experience tooth sensitivity after teeth whitening so they should not undergo treatment.
  • Pregnant or breast-feeding women: Though teeth whitening is gentle and safe, it is recommended pregnant or breast-feeding women not undergo teeth whitening treatment.  

Improve Your Smile with Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening can transform a discolored smile to a youthful, vibrant white. Here are just a few of the many benefits teeth whitening candidates can expect:

  • Instantly whiten teeth: Professional teeth whitening is quick and effective, whitening teeth up to eight shades in a single treatment.
  • Safe: Teeth whitening is safe and gentle on the teeth and gums.
  • Look years younger: Yellowed, stained teeth can age a person. Teeth whitening is one of the fastest, easiest ways to rejuvenate your appearance.
  • Improved confidence: Teeth whitening can remove years of staining and discoloration to reveal a pearly, white smile you'll feel confident to show.

Schedule a Consultation

To find out if teeth whitening is right for you or to learn about other treatment options, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Maurice Benjamin.