Teeth whitening or bleaching is one of the most common cosmetic dental treatments requested however there are some important factors and steps to consider before you commence.
To understand why your teeth have discoloured and the potential impact of commencing bleaching, your dentist will complete a comprehensive exam of your entire mouth to ensure it is healthy. Your dentist will check for things like enamel thickness, receding gums, existing sensitivity which will be affected by whitening, existing decay and any existing restorations such as crowns or fillings as the colour of these will be unchanged by whitening. After completing this exam, your dentist will recommend the appropriate whitening methods available to you.
There are a number of teeth whitening methods available on the market which can become very confusing. Adentica Family Dentists recommends at home tooth whitening trays as this method has the greatest research for long lasting results as well as giving you the control over future whitening top-ups. At home whitening trays enable the dentist to control the peroxide percentage and monitor the sensitivity you may experience.