Albuquerque Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is ideal for people who have healthy, teeth and gums. Individuals with yellow tones to their teeth respond best, as well as those without any fillings or crowns, as these materials will not change color with whitening.  But this cosmetic procedure is not recommended for everyone.

Teeth whitening is not permanent. How often one will need to whiten their teeth depends on many factors, such as the desired shade, the level of exposure to foods and liquids that stain, and the type of whitening material used.

It is important first, to have an oral exam and a complete medical history review prior to whitening procedures.  It is not good to whiten if you are pregnant, have sensitive teeth or allergies to the whitening material, are under the age of 16, or have active tooth decay or gum disease. A dentist can then assess the extent of stain, the number and location of restorations or fillings, and decide the best treatment. Dentist-supervised at-home bleaching offers additional benefits compared with over-the-counter procedures.  With dentist-supervised bleaching procedures, your dentist will likely want to make sure the customized tray is fitting properly, to inspect the gums for signs of irritation, and to generally check on how the teeth whitening process is proceeding. With over-the-counter bleaching products, you are on your own.

Some commercially available “whitening toothpastes” can be somewhat effective at removing stains and making teeth a few shades brighter. However, many of these products have abrasive substances that can actually wear away your tooth’s enamel. Professional whitening performed by our office is considered to be the most effective and safest method. Over-the-counter whitening systems are somewhat effective as long as they are monitored and directions followed closely.

Learn more:

American Dental Association video on whitening.