Am I suitable for teeth whitening?

Your dentist will decide upon your suitability for this procedure. He or she will take many factors into account which include:

  • Smoking
  • Sensitive teeth and gums

If you are a smoker then your dentist will advise you to give up as cigarette smoking does a yellowing of the teeth. If your teeth discolouration has been caused by years of smoking then it‘s in your best interests to stop this following the treatment in order to keep your new smile.

Many people have found that having new, white teeth is the trigger to stop smoking altogether.

If your dentist feels that your teeth are too badly stained to benefit from teeth whitening then he or she will recommend an alternative. This could be a denture or a veneer.

Dentists are also reluctant to treat patients with sensitive teeth and gums. Why? Teeth whitening does carry a small risk in that the bleach used can damage the soft tissue of the gums or the lips.

With this in mind, a dentist is unlikely to want to risk increasing the sensitivity of your teeth and gums. He or she may be able to suggest an alterative.

The vast majority of people are suitable for teeth whitening.

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