Am I a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

Did you know that one of the simplest and most popular cosmetic dentistry solutions is teeth whitening? It makes sense because it can be achieved in just a single office visit and will instantly improve the appearance of your smile. Dr. Wali Hamidy at La Jolla Dental Image in La Jolla, CA wants all our patients to consider this treatment, but to also take a few moments to understand if they are currently a good candidate for teeth whitening.

Good Health Then Good Looks

As your preferred dentist in La Jolla, we are always striving to give you optimal oral health. We encourage you to have regular visits for general dentistry such as cleanings and exams. We will always treat any issues we discover as quickly as possible and help you to maintain the best oral hygiene, too. If, however, you are upset about the appearance of your otherwise healthy teeth, we will review your many options.

For a lot of our patients, a simple choice that instantly boosts the looks of their teeth is tooth whitening. Whether we use the single, in-office treatment or make custom trays for the patient to take home and fill with potent whitening ingredients, the effects are amazing.

However, as your chosen cosmetic dentist, we will review with you the reasons that your teeth are discolored in the first place. It could be due to diet, smoking or drinking staining beverages. This is known as extrinsic staining and is something that is easily treated by a tooth whitening specialist. However, if you suffer from intrinsic stains, you may not be an ideal candidate for teeth whitening. This is staining from injury, medication usage or other issues, and it is something that might be best addressed through cosmetic solutions like veneers or even crowns.

Additionally, you may not be a candidate for teeth whitening if you persist in certain lifestyle behaviors that could undo the whitening almost as soon as it was completed. Heavy smokers, those who consume enormous amounts of tea or coffee and those whose diets are high in sugar and starches all face many challenges where teeth whitening is concerned.

Want to Brighten Your Smile? Schedule an Appointment with Our Cosmetic Dentist Today

Are you sure you are a good candidate for teeth whitening? If not, feel free to give us a call at our La Jolla, CA office at 858-202-0481. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.