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Teeth whitening is perhaps the most popular cosmetic treatment. Many patients find that a brighter, whiter smile boosts their confidence and self-esteem. Whether you choose to whiten your teeth at home or in the dentist’s office, it’s important that your teeth and gums are healthy in order to achieve the results you desire. Our dentist and team warn you of some of the dental conditions that can mess up or delay your teeth whitening treatment:

Plaque
Teeth whitening will not be as effective if your teeth have plaque buildup, as the whitening product can’t reach the teeth properly. This can result in uneven color instead of a consistent and gleaming smile.

Inflamed Gums
Teeth whitening of any kind may irritate the gums a little due to the presence of bleach. However, if the gums are already inflamed, you may experience greater discomfort during the whitening treatment and in the days following the procedure. Healthy gums are much more immune to the possibility of irritation.

Broken Fillings or Cavities
A broken or leaking filling or the presence of a cavities can cause pain during whitening treatment when the bleach comes in contact with the inner tooth structure. An exposed or nearly exposed dental nerve can cause significant discomfort. We encourage you to see your dentist first before teeth whitening treatment if you suspect that you have tooth decay or have not had a dental checkup recently.

Dental Restorations
Dental restorations are not affected by whitening products and will not change color with the rest of your smile. This can result in a multi-colored mouth if you have dental crowns, veneers, or bonding. If you are looking to whiten your smile, you may need to have your dental restorations replaced as well.

Feel free to contact Sylvia A. Spradlin at 913-780-0123 today to learn more about teeth whitening in Olathe, Kansas, and ask Dr. Sylvia A. Spradlin about dental conditions that can disrupt the whitening process.