Teeth Whitening Treatments Available for Eligible Albuquerque Residents

Terry Gomez DDS provides teeth whitening in Albuquerque, NM. Teeth whitening is ideal for people who have healthy teeth and gums. Individuals with yellow tones to their teeth respond best, as well as those without any fillings or crowns, as these materials will not change color with whitening. But this cosmetic procedure is not recommended for everyone.

Teeth whitening is not permanent. How often one will need to whiten their teeth depends on many factors, such as the desired shade, the level of exposure to foods and liquids that stain, and the type of whitening material used.

It is important first to have an oral exam and a complete medical history review prior to whitening procedures. It is not good to whiten if you are pregnant, have sensitive teeth or allergies to the whitening material, are under the age of 16, or have active tooth decay or gum disease. A dentist can then assess the extent of stain, the number, and location of restorations or fillings, and decide the best treatment. Dentist-supervised at-home bleaching offers additional benefits compared with over-the-counter procedures. With these procedures, your dentist will ensure the customized tray fits properly, inspect the gums for signs of irritation, and generally see how the process is going. You don’t get that professional help with over-the-counter products.

Some commercial “whitening toothpaste” options can have moderate impacts on stain removal and brightening teeth. However, many of them have abrasive substances that can take a toll on your tooth’s enamel. Professional whitening at our office is considered to be the safest and most effective method. Over-the-counter whitening systems can work too if they are monitored, and you follow the directions closely.