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Am I a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?candidate for teeth whitening

At Henrickson Dental in Maplewood, MN, we offer tooth whitening treatments as one of the most conservative and affordable (not to mention convenient) of our cosmetic dentistry solutions. As your dentist in Maplewood, we can help you discover how almost anyone is a good candidate for teeth whitening, but we also should mention one of the best benefits of our teeth whitening options.

What is that benefit? Though you might come to see us as a cosmetic dentist, we will consider you as a candidate for teeth whitening only once we are sure your teeth and gums are in the best of health. After all, why have brilliantly white teeth if they are not in the best condition possible? Once any general dentistry and/or restorative needs are addressed, we can then discuss your options for teeth whitening.

In many instances, a candidate for teeth whitening is a patient with:

  • Stains from lifestyle habits such as smoking or drinking staining beverages like tea, coffee, colas and red wine
  • Teeth yellowed from age
  • Stains from certain medications or medical treatments
  • Stains that are more deep-set and intrinsic

Do any of these issues sound like the reasons you may have discolored teeth? Then, you are probably a good candidate for teeth whitening. While not everyone enjoys precisely the same outcomes, almost all patients who qualify for teeth whitening do see a great deal of change from just a single visit. We can also provide at-home treatments that may take longer, but can generate the same impressive results over a longer period.

Of course, the ideal candidate for teeth whitening is someone who is going to remain committed to behaviors that preserve the results of the treatment. For example, if you see your teeth brightened by several shades after an in-office whitening, but then continue to smoke or drink a lot of coffee each day, it may reduce the long-term results. While drinking with a straw can cut down on teeth staining, there are some lifestyle choices that can cause continual problems. Naturally, you can have whitening done as part of your regular checkups and dental care, and we recommend you ask about them at your next cleaning.

Contact Us For Teeth Whitening in Maplewood, MN

If you have additional questions about whether you are a candidate for teeth whitening, or about any of the other treatments mentioned here, give us a call at our Maplewood, MN office at 651-777-8900. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.