Considerations to Laser
|Gum disease, worn enamel, cavities, and exposed roots
||Cavities and gum diseases need to be treated before undergoing
any whitening procedure.
|Pre-existing sensitive teeth and allergies
||Individuals with sensitive teeth and gums, receding
gums and/or defective restorations should consult with their dentist prior
to using a tooth whitening system. Anyone allergic to peroxide (the whitening
agent) should not use a bleaching product. 2/3 of these people will experience
some sensitivity for 1-4 days. This is usually reversible upon termination
|Severe gray/blue banded tetracycline staining
||Guarded prognosis required. Stains in the gray family (such as from tetracycline)
can be harder to remove, if not impossible. These stains can take up to
six months or longer to whiten. Whitening may only reduce amounts of 'masking'.
|Discoloration in gingival third or exposed yellow
||Guarded prognosis for whitening required.
|Pregnant or lactating women and young children
||No know adverse effects but avoid use as a precautionary measure.
|Extensive composite and porcelain restorations
||If you have pre-existing cosmetic restoration (bonding, porcelain crowns,
bridge, veneers or fillings) they will not be bleached and you may need
to replace them in order to match your new color shade.
||May want to consider bleaching one arch and monitor comfort before proceeding
with the other
|Noncompliance or unrealistic expectation
||The degree of whiteness is different from one individual to another, the
degree of shade change obtainable is dependent on each person's reaction.
Certain people react well while others may not be as responsive.
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