Like any dental procedure, simple or complex, professional tooth whitening requires some preparation. There are a few things that need to be considered such as costs, and the type of whitening that will be suitable for you. There are two types of teeth whitening – one is performed by the dentist and the other at home.
Your dentist will first check to see whether the treatment is suitable for you. If not, the dentist may recommend other treatments to help you achieve the beautiful white smile you’ve always wanted. Generally, good candidates for teeth whitening must have reasonably healthy teeth and good oral health. For veneers and dental crowns, the procedure will also not work on them.
Things To Do Before Your Appointment
- Have a dental cleaning to remove tartar build-up and other debris you can’t easily remove by brushing at home.
- Brush and floss your teeth correctly to prevent dental issues that might delay your whitening appointment.
- For patients with sensitive teeth, use desensitizing toothpaste regularly to help eliminate the discomfort during and after the procedure.
- Set aside enough time for the treatment when you schedule your appointment.
Getting Ready for Teeth Whitening
If you have good dental health, then you are an ideal candidate for laser teeth whitening. The procedure involves using chemicals, which can aggravate cavities and harm exposed roots caused by gum disease. So, if you have any dental issues, have them treated first before you undergo any smile makeover procedures to avoid complications.
There are two types of tooth discolouration: extrinsic and intrinsic stains. Even if you have healthy teeth, the type of stains you have can determine whether or not dental whitening will be best for you.
If your dentist has determined that you have intrinsic stains (stains that developed beneath the tooth enamel), they may recommend other treatment, as dental whitening may not work for you.
Tooth whitening is more effective on discolouration formed on the tooth surface, known as extrinsic stains. This type of stain is often caused by coffee, tea, wine and smoking.
Opting for Home Whitening
If you choose to carry out the teeth whitening process at home, you still need to prepare for it as you would have had you visited the dentist. A dental examination and treatment for any dental problems you might have are all necessary before you commence the procedure.
Before trying any dental products such as over the counter whitening kits, speak with your dentist first. This gives you an idea whether these products are safe and effective to use or not.
For your at-home kit whitening, your dentist will need to create moulds of your teeth to fabricate your custom made tray and supply the necessary materials. Follow-up visits may be required to monitor your progress.