A member of the American Dental Association, Monica Boniadi, DDS, treats patients at her private practice in Aliso Viejo, California. Dr. Monica Boniadi specializes in cosmetic dentistry and possesses experience in teeth whitening.
Before whitening your teeth at home, consider a professional for these reasons.
A dentist considers the type of discoloration. Teeth discoloration can be the result of many factors, including use of tobacco products, consumption of wine, and trauma to the teeth. While all types are treatable, some stains or forms of discoloration take more planning. For example, yellow stains can go through traditional whitening treatment to improve coloring within two weeks, while non-vital or dead teeth require a longer treatment timeframe. Non-vital teeth are likely to be darker than others, so a dentist must begin treatment on dead teeth prior to others to ensure all teeth result in the same shade of white.
A dentist can give you realistic advice. In-office whitening comes with a consultation, which will give patients a more realistic idea of what can be achieved. A dentist will evaluate a patient’s oral history as well as habits. Habits, such as smoking, are discussed to ensure an individual understands that continuous use will affect results. Those who have undergone teeth restoration will also be given perspective on how their teeth will change. Specifically, restored teeth will not be as white as original teeth. In this case, a dentist can recommend other solutions, like crowns and veneers, to avoid uneven whitening.
A dentist offers quicker results. Professional, in-office procedures offer dramatic results following the first treatment because the whitening product is enhanced with other dental tools, such as heat and laser. A person requires only one 30- to 60-minute treatment to achieve noticeable results. For further whitening, a dentist can provide additional treatments thereafter.