Things To Know About Teeth Whitening

by | Apr 30, 2014 | Dentist

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With all the teeth whitening products that are available, there really is no good reason why you cannot have a bright, attractive smile. When you consider teeth whitening in Charleston WV the first thing to do is make an appointment for a cleaning and routine check-up with the dentist. Before whitening can be done, any surface stains have to be removed and this will be done by the hygienist. After inspecting your teeth the dentist will be able to say if you are a good candidate for the procedure or not.

Are you a candidate?

Unfortunately not everyone can have their teeth whitened; there are certain circumstances that may prevent the use of teeth whitening products.

* If your teeth have been bonded with while resin or you have veneers then teeth cannot be whitened with the conventional whitening agents which are hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide. Bonded teeth or veneers cannot get any whiter than what they are, the color of the restorations was originally chosen to match the surrounding teeth, if the surrounding teeth, which can be whitened, are; then the restored teeth will be very noticeable.

* Teeth which have internal stains or teeth which have had a root canal may not be affected by the teeth whitening agent. The solution for these problems is internal tooth whitening or restorations.

* Teeth that have a yellow cast are the best candidates for teeth whitening, teeth that have a gray or brown hue may not whiten properly.

* If you have super sensitive teeth or you are expecting a baby then you should avoid teeth whitening in Charleston WV.

What is the process?

The top layer of the tooth is enamel which is actually clear or translucent. Under the enamel is the dentin which is typically yellow in color but might be gray or brown. The tooth hue is from the dentin, this hue shows through the enamel. To whiten the dentin, a peroxide solution is painted on the tooth enamel, the pores of the enamel open and the peroxide reaches to the dentin layer, it then begins to lighten the dentin which results in teeth that appear whiter.

The most common method of tooth whitening is either in-office whitening at the dentist or professional tooth whitening solution that is available from a dentist.