Most dental whitening products are peroxide-based and are actually capable of altering the colors of the tooth itself. However, not all tooth discoloration respond to tooth-bleaching treatments. Individuals contemplating tooth-bleaching should consult with a dentist to determine the cause of the tooth discoloration and to determine whether a bleaching treatment will have the desired result. This step is especially important for patients with fillings, root canal treatments, crowns and/or with extremely dark stains on the anterior teeth.
Our dentist may suggest:
1. Putting a special bleach on your stained teeth and using light or laser to start the bleaching action; or
2. Wearing a custom-made mouthguard filled with a special bleach for part of each day.