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Good Candidates for Teeth Whitening Treatment

Good Candidates for Teeth Whitening TreatmentIf you want to make a lasting impression, it's important that you have a great smile. This can be easier said than done, however. There are so many different substances that can cause your smile to become stained or discolored. Thankfully there are many different options out there for enhancing the appearance of your smile.

When you meet with a Mason cosmetic dentist, you'll be able to learn a lot more about your make smile makeover options. Right now, we'd like to look at teeth whitening treatment how it can make a big difference for you.

What causes tooth discoloration?

There are many different beverages, foods, and substances that can cause tooth discoloration to occur, including:

  • Cigarettes
  • Cigars
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Red wine
  • Cola
  • Curry
  • Beets
  • Blueberries
  • Certain medications
  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth injury
  • Advanced age

About Teeth Whitening Treatment

Teeth whitening treatment involves the use of special bleaching agents applied to the teeth. These bleaching solutions contains hydrogen peroxide, which is essential for whitening the color of the teeth. In just a single professional whitening session, a smile can be brightened seven shades or more.

Note that professional whitening treatment is much more effective than over-the-counter whitening kits that you can purchase at the local store.

Best Candidates for Teeth Whitening

The best candidates for teeth whitening are people who have yellow or stained teeth as a result of the substances listed above. These stains need to occur on the surface layer of the teeth, however, since that is where the bleaching agents will have the most effect. These candidates should be in good overall dental health and have realistic expectations about what teeth whitening can achieve.

Non-candidates for Teeth Whitening

Poor candidates for teeth whitening are people who have dental stains that emerge from within the teeth. When the stains emerge from within, it is not possible for the bleaching agents to penetrate into the deeper layers of the tooth structure. In those cases, an alternative treatment will need to be considered.

Teeth Whitening Alternatives

When teeth whitening treatment is not a good option for a patient, some common alternatives include the following:

  • Porcelain veneers - Mason porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are affixed to the front portions of a person's teeth. When in place, the porcelain veneers will mask dental flaws from view.
  • Dental bonding - Dental bonding involves the use of special resins that are painted directly onto the teeth. The bonding material blends in seamlessly with the natural tooth structure.
  • Dental crowns - In some cases the stain is so severe that the best option is the use of a dental crown. A dental crown is a cap that fits over the tooth, restoring its appearance and protecting it from further discoloration or harm.

Learn More About Teeth Whitening and Smile Makeovers

For more information about getting your smile to look its absolute best, be sure to contact our Mason cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The entire team is eager to meet you in person and help you make the best possible decisions when it comes to the beauty of your smile and your overall wellness.

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