Being a Fairhope dentist that offers whitening we believe our patients should be educated on all methods of whitening.
Different whitening methods include in-office bleaching, which is applied by a professional dentist; at-home bleaching, which is used at home by the patient; over the counter, which patients apply. The ADA recommends having one's teeth checked by a dentist before undergoing any whitening method. The dentist should examine the patient thoroughly: take a health and dental history including allergies and sensitivities. The whitening shade guides are used to measure tooth color. These shades determine the effectiveness of the whitening procedure, which may vary from two to seven shades. The effects of bleaching can last for several months, but may vary depending on the lifestyle of the patient dentures. Internal staining of dentin can discolor the teeth from inside out. Internal bleaching can remedy this on root canal treated teeth. If heavy staining damage is present on a patient's teeth, and whitening is ineffective there are other methods of masking the stain. Come as see your Fairhope dentist Dr. Phillip Greer for whitening today!