Teeth whitening works through the application of a whitening solution that penetrates the enamel. Once it does so, the oxidation process begins and transforms molecules to reflect less light. As a result, the teeth appear whiter. It is one of the most recommended methods for treating stains and can be applied multiple times.
Are some stains too strong for whitening to be effective?
In cases where stains are too strong and regular whitening does not have much of an effect, an alternative procedure can be provided. These include veneers. These restorations can be placed on the surface of teeth, helping to conceal dark stains and reduce the appearance of other unwanted features. Veneers are resistant to stains, so they do not succumb to yellowing as fast as natural teeth.
Is whitening recommended before other procedures?
We recommend teeth whitening before other procedures because other treatments may involve the use of materials that are stain or bleach resistant. Restorations such as crowns, veneers, bridges, or dental implants are created to match the shade of surrounding teeth. For the best results, it is recommended for patients to have already had their teeth whitened. This allows for the restorations to be produced as accurately as possible.