Not Everyone Qualifies for Teeth Whitening

Have you wanted to use teeth whitening to improve the appearance of your smile? Then you should know that not everyone can have the procedure. In fact, dentists often suggest a different whitening alternative, should they fall into one these categories.

If you’re unsure if you can receive teeth bleaching treatments, Dr. James Fondriest, your Lake Forest, IL dentist, offers of patients a guideline for those who shouldn’t partake in this branch of cosmetic dentistry.

Who Shouldn’t Have a Bleaching Treatment

  • Pregnant women. The chemicals needed in order to complete the teeth whitening treatment don’t bode well for pregnant or lactating women. If swallowed, the chemicals can harm the baby.
    Additionally, kids under 16 have an enlarged pulp chamber. The bleaching solution can reach the pulp can cause harm to the tooth from the inside.
  • For sensitive teeth. If your gums and teeth already have sensitivities, using a whitening treatment will only enhance those symptoms. Furthermore, if you’re allergic to peroxide, a professional teeth whitening procedure isn’t the way to go; these whitening solutions tend to contain large amounts of peroxide in order to work effectively.
  • Gum disease patients. The infection and decay associated with gum disease and cavities doesn’t allow for teeth whitening treatments. Without proper care beforehand, patients with those dental ailments will experience serious discomfort throughout treatment. For these patients, your Lake Forest, IL dentist recommends repairing your smile before enhancing It.
  • Patients with restorations. Tooth colored fillings, crowns, and porcelain veneers each classify as dental restorations. While those repairs appear flawless, stains from food and beverages won’t dissipate with bleaching treatments. In these instances, patients would have to remove the tooth replacements altogether.

Lake Forest Dental Arts

For more information on teeth whitening, talk to Dr. Fondriest. He can explain the different types of whitening to help you choose the option that suits you best. To schedule an appointment with our Lake Forest, IL dental practice, call (847) 234-0517. Also, visit our website for services, testimonials, and before-and-after gallery. Dr. Fondriest and his staff welcome patients from Chicago and surrounding cities.