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Am I a Candidate for Tooth Whitening?

Almost anyone with natural permanent teeth can qualify for tooth whitening. Your dentist will be able to assess your oral health and recommend the whitening method that's best for you. Depending on the type and severity of the staining or discoloration, he or she may suggest one or more of the following treatments: 

  • A professional cleaning to remove external staining caused by food and tobacco
  • Use of a whitening toothpaste to help remove surface stains between dental visits
  • Bleaching (in-office or at-home) for more stubborn discoloration
  • Porcelain Veneers or tooth-coloured restorations to fix irregular or damaged teeth or to achieve specific results


Ask your dentist which method will achieve the best results for you.

  • Teeth that are yellow respond best to bleaching. Brown or gray teeth, or teeth striped or mottled from tetracycline or too much fluoride, may not whiten evenly when bleached.
  • People with periodontal disease or particularly sensitive teeth may want to avoid chemical whitening techniques that can irritate tender gums.
  • Bleaching works on natural teeth and is not recommended if you have tooth-coloured fillings, crowns, caps or bonding in your front teeth.
  • In some cases if appropriate, a crown or cap may result in a whiter and more appealing smile.

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