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Teeth Whitening Candidates

By Dr. Silvers on January 20, 2013


Teeth Whitening CandidatesWhen you have a smile that's bright, white, and healthy, it can make a major difference to your appearance. Of course, not everyone has a great-looking smile. There are plenty of reasons why you may have a smile that's stained or not its whitest, but thankfully there are many options for advanced smile makeover treatment. One option that may be especially helpful to you is professional teeth whitening. The team at our Harrisburg cosmetic dentistry center can go over the treatment with you in more detail when you stop by for a visit. That said, let's look at some of the basics right now.

Causes of Tooth Discoloration and Dental Stains

There are many different substances that can cause tooth discoloration and dental staining. Some of these include:

  • Tobacco products

  • Red wine

  • Coffee

  • Tea

  • Cola

  • Beets

  • Blueberries

  • Certain medications

  • Tooth decay and injury

No matter what the cause of your tooth discoloration, we will strive to find an effective solution at our Harrisburg family dental care center.

About Professional Teeth Whitening Treatments

Professional teeth whitening uses strong bleaching agents and special laser light technology to give patients the whitest smiles possible. The hydrogen peroxide solution used in professional grade teeth whitening systems is much stronger than those used in at-home whitening kits.

Ideal Candidates for Teeth Whitening

The best candidates for professional teeth whitening are people who have stains on the surface of their teeth. These candidates should be in good overall dental health. It's important that these patients also have realistic expectations about the procedure and what to expect.

If the dental stain originates from the inside of a tooth, then teeth whitening will not be a good option to consider for improved dental aesthetics. Similarly, if the discoloration is the result of injury or decay, it is important for that to be addressed first before a cosmetic procedure is performed.

Alternatives to Professional Teeth Whitening Treatments

If a patient is not a good candidate for teeth whitening treatment, then there are alternatives to consider. One alternative treatment that may be helpful is porcelain dental veneers. These are thin ceramic shells that are affixed to the front of the teeth in order to mask imperfections. Dental bonding may also be a good option to consider for advanced smile makeover treatment. This is a special dental resin that is applied directly to the surface of the tooth.

Other Options for Advanced Dental Care

In addition to whitening your smile, we have plenty of other options available to address aesthetic/health issues that you may be facing. If you have crooked teeth, for instance, then you may be a good candidate for Harrisburg Invisalign. There are also treatments for missing teeth, damaged teeth, and other dental problems, all of which we can discuss during your visit.

Learn More About Advanced Cosmetic Dental Care

For more information about teeth whitening treatment and your many other options for advanced dental care, be sure to contact our Harrisburg cosmetic and family dentistry center today. Our entire treatment team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you make the best decision about your dental health options.

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