Teeth Whitening Considerations

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For those who have stained or yellowed teeth, Dr. Kevin M. Altieri may recommend teeth whitening in Fort Worth, Texas. However, it is important to note that not everyone is a candidate for teeth whitening. Before any whitening is treatment is performed, it is important that you consider certain factors.

Age & Pregnancy
Teeth whitening is not recommended for those under the age of 16. The pulp chamber of the tooth is enlarged until 16, and teeth whitening could irritate the pulp. Our dentist also does not recommend teeth whitening for those who are pregnant or lactating.

A buildup of plaque will prevent a successful whitening result. Plaque promotes the growth of bacteria that discolor the teeth directly. In addition, plaque will block the whitening product from coming in direct contact with the teeth.

Sensitive Teeth and Allergies
If you have sensitive teeth, sensitive gums, or receding gums, it is important that you consult Dr. Kevin M. Altieri before bleaching your smile. In addition, those who are allergic to peroxide should not use a whitening product, as peroxide is the whitening agent.

Darkly Stained Teeth
Yellowed teeth respond well to whitening products. However, brownish teeth do not respond as well and grayish or purplish teeth do not respond to whitening procedures at all. Talk to our dentist about other options to improve the appearance of your smile if you have darkly stained teeth.

Inflamed gums
Teeth whitening can cause some gum discomfort. If your gums are inflamed, the process will be much more uncomfortable, especially in the days after you whiten your teeth. If your gums are healthy, they will be less prone to irritation.

Dental Restorations
Dental restorations like tooth-colored fillings, dental crowns, dental bridges, and veneers do not react to the whitening product. As a result, any whitening done to a smile with restorations will result in uneven whitening—the teeth without dental restorations will appear lighter than those with restorations.

Feel free to contact our dental office at 817.294.5513 today to learn more about teeth whitening and our other cosmetic dental services and to schedule a consultation.