Who is a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

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Teeth whitening performed by a professional is a fast, reliable way for many patients to get and keep a beautiful smile. However, the procedure is not for everyone. Here is a look at good and bad candidates for whitening.

Good Candidates for Whitening

Most adults who have stains on the outsides of their teeth are good candidates for this treatment. Stains associated with tobacco and consumption of heavily colored foods and drinks, such as coffee, wine and berries, can usually be eliminated or greatly reduced with whitening.

Bad Candidates for Whitening

Patients may not be candidates for whitening depending on their age, restorations, stain types and oral health. Younger teens may not be able to receive whitening. For patients who have bonding, veneers or crowns, whitening is not an option because it does not work on those restorations. When internal stains are involved, whitening will not be a solution. Finally, patients with sensitive teeth, active gum disease or untreated cavities may not be candidates for whitening.

Professional whitening is a powerful way to rid the teeth of external stains. However, candidacy must be determined on an individual basis. Patients can schedule a consultation with our Los Angeles dentists to find out if they can receive this treatment.

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