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Teeth whitening is one of the most economical and efficient cosmetic dental procedures that can be completed in one brief appointment while providing a big improvement in the appearance of the patient.

Patients preparing to undergo any other cosmetic enhancement should consult with their cosmetic dentist if teeth whitening is also of interest. That is because a crown, dental implant, bridge or dental bonding should be matched to the shade the patient wants to achieve at the conclusion of all treatment. 

“Patients preparing to undergo any other cosmetic enhancement should consult with their cosmetic dentist if teeth whitening is also of interest.”

In-office whitening can lighten teeth up to eight shades. Since porcelain and composite resin do not respond to the effects of most teeth whitening products, if cosmetic work is completed prior to whitening, the restorations will not correspond to the newly whitened natural teeth.

Once teeth whitening is completed, the patient should wait a couple of weeks before having other cosmetic work started. Many in-office teeth whitening products continue to lighten teeth up to two weeks after the whitening session is completed.

Products used to whiten at home will take longer to complete as they do not have the same potency of whitening that in-office products administered by your dental professional will have. It is advised, however, to acquire your at home whitening products from your dentist. Not only will you get the best product for your particular needs, but you will have access to your dentist if you have any questions or concerns while you’re undergoing whitening.

Products purchased at the drug store or on the internet do not provide anyone to answer questions or provide guidance if needed. In addition, these whitening kits are not custom fitted specifically for you which may leave areas untreated due to ill-fitting trays.

Once you have completed teeth whitening with the assistance and guidance of your dental professional, you are ready to pursue further cosmetic enhancements with the knowledge that your upcoming treatment will be a perfect match to your newly whitened biological teeth.

Once all cosmetic work has been completed, if touch-ups are needed your dentist will be able to provide you with the needed treatment to keep all of your dental work looking its best. Your cosmetic dentist will be able to offer the best recommendations, but whitening is normally optimal to be completed before any other cosmetic procedures. Call 817-275-4817 for more information about teeth whitening today.