Almost anyone with natural permanent teeth can qualify for tooth whitening. Your dentist will be able to assess your oral health and recommend the whitening method that is best for you. Depending on the type and severity of the staining or discolouration, he or she may suggest one or more of the following treatments:
- A professional cleaning to remove external staining caused by food and tobacco
- Use of a whitening toothpaste to help remove surface stains between dental visits
- Bleaching, in-office or at-home, for more stubborn discolouration
- Porcelain veneers or tooth-coloured restorations to fix irregular or damaged teeth or to achieve specific results.
Ask your dentist which method will achieve the best results for you.
- Teeth that are yellow respond best to bleaching. Brown or grey teeth, or teeth striped or mottled from tetracycline or too much fluoride, may not whiten evenly when bleached.
- People with periodontal disease or particularly sensitive teeth may want to avoid chemical whitening techniques that can irritate tender gums and teeth.
- Bleaching works on natural teeth and is not recommended if you have tooth-coloured fillings, crowns, veneers or bonded restorations in your front teeth.
- In some cases if appropriate, a crown or veneer may result in a whiter and more appealing smile.