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Should I whiten my teeth before or after cosmetic dental procedures?

cosmetic dentistryMany of the wonderful dental improvements available today are due to porcelain or composite resin restorations. One of the primary considerations before entering into cosmetic dentistry is how your surrounding untreated teeth will look upon completion of your dental enhancement. A consultation with our cosmetic dentist is important to address a course of action to provide you with the best result.

If teeth are dull or have yellowed from smoking, age or dietary habits like coffee, tea, soda or wine consumption, a good first step is a visit with the dental hygienist. A professional cleaning will usually remove topical stains and provide the best base to aid in determining teeth’s true shades.

It is important to note that ceramic and composite resins are not affected by any whitening process. Keeping that in mind, if you are dissatisfied with the result of a standard cleaning, you should consider whitening your teeth before embarking on cosmetic dentistry improvements such as dental bonding, veneers, implants or crowns.

If teeth whitening is to be pursued, to obtain the closest match possible it is advised to complete teeth whitening through either in-office whitening or take-home kits available through your dental provider.

In-office whitening will generally offer the fastest and optimum result. While take-home kits allow you to whiten at your own pace in the privacy of your home, it might take weeks to achieve the maximum benefit. Once the whitening process has been completed, you can move ahead to select a color shade for the anticipated cosmetic enhancement.

Following the instructions received from your cosmetic dentist will keep your new smile brilliant. These instructions will likely include a professional cleaning twice per year along with a dental exam to make sure your cosmetic improvements, as well as the rest of your teeth, are as healthy as possible.

Over time, whitening touch-up may be needed to maintain the color of your natural teeth. Touch-up kits are available through your dental provider or in-office whitening may be considered to maintain consistent teeth coloring.

Daily flossing and brushing with the recommended toothpaste or gel at least twice per day will also help to keep your new smile shining bright for many years.

To learn more about the benefits of teeth whitening, call our office at Randy A. Parham D.D.S. today to schedule a consultation.

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