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Are My Teeth Healthy Enough For a Whitening Treatment?

A white smile can increase self-esteem significantly. Before whitening your teeth, your dentist must examine them to ensure their health and suitability for the procedure. The criteria we use to determine whether teeth whitening is a viable option for you have been laid out by our team at Marine Dental Clinic.

Whitening your teeth is an excellent way to improve your appearance. A more confident grin can be revealed with a brighter, whiter smile. That being said, there are a few things you should know before applying the first whitening strip. Our North Vancouver dental team will need to examine your smile to ensure that your teeth are in good enough health to undergo whitening treatment. We'll discuss the criteria for determining whether teeth whitening is right for you in this post.

Am I a good candidate for teeth whitening?

Make an appointment with your Marine Dental Clinic dentist if you want to whiten your teeth. Your dentist will examine your teeth for signs of enamel thinning or decay, which could compromise the effectiveness of the whitening treatment. If you have periodontal disease or extremely sensitive teeth, porcelain veneers may be recommended instead of bleaching.

Individuals who have yellow tones in their teeth but have healthy, unrestored teeth (no fillings) and gums are normally the best candidates for teeth whitening.

What should I expect from teeth whitening treatment?

While teeth whitening is generally considered safe and effective, some patients may experience mild tooth sensitivity or gum irritation during treatment. These symptoms should go away once the procedure is finished. Dental teeth bleaching has a limited effect on changing your teeth's colour from grey to a lighter shade of grey.

Remember that each patient's outcome will vary, and visible restorations such as a crown or bridge will not whiten and will retain their original colour.

You should have at least one vial of bleaching gel left after using a cosmetic kit. This can be used to "refresh" your smile, and additional bleaching gel vials for use with your custom mouthguard can be purchased as needed.

Consistent Oral Hygiene Preserves Smiles Best

Our dentists recommend that you visit for a checkup and cleaning every six months, regardless of the condition of your teeth (the frequency of your visits depends on the general condition of your teeth and gums and your at-home oral hygiene routine). Combining an effective at-home oral care routine with regular dental visits is one of the most effective ways to keep a white smile and avoid oral health issues.

Are you interested in learning if you qualify for Marine Dental Clinic's whitening services? Contact us to find out. We want you to have a positive experience each time you visit our clinic.

New Patients Welcome

Our dental team at Marine Dental Clinic is passionate about welcoming patients both new and old to our dental office for care that is designed to meet their needs. Get in touch with us to book your next appointment.

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