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Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic treatment, and many patients find that it increases their confidence. However, effective teeth whitening requires healthy teeth and gums in order to achieve the optimal results. We encourage you to be aware of the dental conditions that can disrupt your teeth whitening process and cause adverse results:

Plaque
If you have plaque buildup, the whitening product won’t reach all areas of the teeth properly, and teeth whitening will not be very effective. You may end up with uneven color across your teeth.

Inflamed Gums
The bleach used in teeth whitening may cause some irritation to your gums, but gums that are already inflamed will cause greater discomfort during and after whitening treatment. If your gums are healthy, they are much less likely to experience irritation.

Broken Fillings or Cavities
Damaged dental fillings and cavities can result in discomfort if the bleaching solution comes in contact with an exposed dental nerve. Before undergoing teeth whitening treatment, be sure to see your dentist to make sure you don’t have any tooth decay or damaged tooth restorations.

Dental Restorations
The color of your dental restoration can’t be lightened by whitening products, which means if you receive teeth whitening treatment after placing a dental restoration, you may develop a multi-colored mouth. After receiving teeth whitening, you may need to also replace your dental bonding, veneer, or crown.

For more information about teeth whitening in Mesa, Arizona, and which dental conditions may affect your treatment, give Dr. Kent Stapley & Dr. Nathan Kitchen a call at 480-830-8946 today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Dr. Kent Stapley & Dr. Nathan Kitchen.