Teeth Whitening: Are You A Candidate?

smilewhitegreatThe idea of attaining a brilliantly white, sparkling smile is something that you are not likely to turn down. In fact, one of the most popular cosmetic treatments patients seek out is a way to address discolored, yellowed, or stained teeth. If you have been considering teeth whitening to brighten your teeth, we encourage you to speak with us, so we can guide you toward achieving the beautiful grin you have always desired. Not sure whitening is for you but you feel strongly about improving your appearance? Rest easy. We have compiled some information to help you come to a conclusion about your candidacy. If for any reason whitening is not best suited to your needs, we will work with you to identify a treatment that will offer the transformation you want.

Are Your Teeth Healthy?

Before we offer cosmetic treatments, we typically suggest that you visit us with healthy teeth. If you are dealing with issues like gum disease or tooth decay, for instance, we will likely recommend that you restore your oral health before we move forward with cosmetic procedures.

Is Your Staining Medication Related?

Most stains are easily treatable with teeth whitening. Patients often worry that the cause of their discoloration is not something we can address with this cosmetic dentistry treatment. If your discoloration is deep or is the result of certain medications, this may be the case. We will need to examine your smile to make a final determination regarding candidacy. Fortunately, whitening improves discoloration caused by most factors, including tobacco use, natural aging, and consuming staining foods and drinks like red wine and coffee.

Does Your Smile Display Prosthetics?

We can only whiten your natural teeth – not your prosthetics. If the part of your smile you are wishing to whiten includes veneers, dental crowns, a bridge, or other prosthetics, we will need to speak with you about creating an alternative care plan to improve your smile’s brightness.


Aside from providing dependable general and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.

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