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Windham, NH 03087


Important Questions to ask Before Teeth Whitening

Teeth WhiteningWe love helping patients regain the brilliance that has been diminished from their smile over the years. Discoloration is one of the primary concerns expressed to dentists. Fortunately, it is one of the simplest issues to correct. Patients of Kalil Dental Associates may choose to brighten up their smile with home whitening, in-office whitening, or a combination of the two. Regardless of the preferred method, certain questions should be asked before teeth whitening.

  1. How much is needed? One of the biggest mistakes that can be made in teeth whitening is taking it too far. We all have a natural range of brilliance that complements our inherent complexion. Chicklet-white teeth don’t look natural on every face and can detract from beauty if not reigned-in. We look for this range when conducting treatment in the office, and suggest that patients’ use the whites of the eyes as a guide when treating discoloration with a professional home-whitening kit obtained in our office.
  2. Could there be a challenge to the whitening process? Ideally, whitening can be performed without challenge. However, it is important to know the risk before starting. This is why we conduct a thorough dental exam before cosmetic treatments like whitening. Dental conditions such as gingivitis, gum disease, or tooth decay, could make whitening uncomfortable or even damaging to the vulnerable structures.
  3. Will existing dental work be affected? Natural enamel is affected by the chemical reaction from peroxide gel. Dental materials such as composite resin and porcelain are not. This means that your new, whiter teeth could make your restorations appear stained. To achieve the most natural esthetic, it may be necessary to replace visible restorations after the ideal shade of white has been obtained.
  4. Does method matter? There is a misconception that stained teeth can be transformed into radiant teeth with various over-the-counter products. Most toothpaste products today say “whitening” somewhere on the label. This implies stain-lifting when what it means is polishing. Whitening strips do lift surface stains but are not designed for dramatic results. Method matters. For unmistakable payoff from teeth whitening, see your dentist.

Our offices in Methuen and Windham offer friendly, professional service for your general and cosmetic concerns. Contact us for a convenient appointment time.