Why is it Important to Have a Check-up Prior to Teeth Whitening or Orthodontics in Kent?

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Teeth whitening is one of the most popular dental treatments available, as it is a quick and easy boost to anyone’s smile, and is very affordable. However it is important to remember it is a dental treatment, and that is why it is always best to seek out the advice of a dentist before using any type of bleaching products. It is essential that teeth whitening is only carried out on a healthy mouth that is free from tooth decay and gum disease, and that is something that can only be assessed by your dentist. In fact a check-up is necessary before any dental treatment, for instance orthodontics in Kent, but is nothing to be concerned about, especially if you already see your dentist regularly.

Your Teeth and Gums Must be Healthy

The reason for this is that bleaching gels can be pretty strong, and if you have any disease then this will allow the gel to penetrate your teeth or gums, something that can be uncomfortable at best, and which could even cause you pain or sensitivity. A check-up should already be part of your regular dental care regime, and doesn’t take very long to complete. Dentist in Kent at Parrock Street Dental & Implant Centre will also be able to tell you the kind of results you can safely achieve through using the custom tray whitening system. Certain colours of teeth respond better to whitening than others, for instance yellowish teeth will whiten more easily than teeth with greyish shades in them.

Teeth Bleaching Won’t Affect Certain Teeth

If you have any existing restorations, such ascrowns or veneers, then you need to be aware that these will not change colour as the whitening gel will not affect porcelain. This does mean that if you are thinking about having a smile makeover, then it is always best to whiten your teeth first, as it is much easier to match subsequent restorations to your natural teeth, and will ensure you get the very best results.

Sometimes teeth can become stained due to other reasons, such as over exposure to fluoride as a child, a condition called dental fluorosis. This can cause the teeth to look as if they are covered with white flecks, and they may respond slightly differently to bleaching. Teeth that have discoloured due to root treatment may need internal bleaching. Tetracycline stains may need covering up with dental veneers or with dental bonding.

If you’d like to find out if teeth whitening is right for you then why not contact our orthodontist in Kent for your free consultation?  You can email us on info@parrockdental.co.uk or call us on 01474 537191. Within a very short while, you could have a whiter smile.

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About the author Dr Rik Trivedi

Dr Rik Trivedi is the Principal dentist at Parrock Dental & Implant Centres. He has a keen interest in Cosmetic Smile Dentistry and braces, Dental implants, Facial Aesthetics, Prevention and is very experienced in the design and placement of Cerec Same Day Crown technology.