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Teeth Whitening Tips, From Your Seattle, WA Dentist

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Are you thinking about getting your teeth whitened? Here are a few things you should know before you dive in.

Are You a Good Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening, whether done professionally or with over-the-counter products, should only be used by people with healthy gums and teeth. This is because all teeth whitening treatments contain peroxide, which can make sensitive gums worse or even cause damage. If you have gum disease, tooth decay, or any dental damage, it’s best to avoid whitening for now. 

If your oral health is good and you have yellowish stains, you’re probably a great candidate for teeth whitening. However, brown or gray stains (from things like tooth decay, smoking, or certain medications) usually don't respond as well.

Got dental work on visible teeth, like fillings, bondings, or crowns? Keep in mind that these won’t change color with whitening. The bleaching agent won’t affect these materials, so they might not match your newly whitened teeth. You might want to look into other options with your dentist, like veneers or additional bondings.

Professional or Over-the-Counter Whitening? 

Once your dentist gives you the green light, you can choose between professional and over-the-counter treatments. Over-the-counter options are cheaper but might take longer to show results and won’t last as long as professional whitening. Products like whitening strips and trays often only cover the front 4-6 top and bottom teeth and don’t protect the gums like professional treatments do.

Professional whitening costs more but works faster and lasts longer. For instance, Philips Zoom Whitening can get your teeth up to 8 shades lighter in just one 45-minute session. Professional treatments use a stronger bleaching agent, are monitored by a dentist, and carry less risk of gum and tooth sensitivity. Plus, the results can last from one to five years, depending on your eating, drinking, and oral hygiene habits.

So, if you’re ready to brighten your smile, consider these points and give us a call to find the best option for you!



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