Have you ever felt excluded from something? It can be frustrating to know that you're not a candidate for something as straightforward as teeth whitening, whether you want to use an over-the-counter product or have a dentist brighten up your smile. But why can't some people have their teeth whitened? And does this mean you need to live with discoloured teeth?
Some situations where a person might not be a candidate for teeth whitening are only temporary. Young people wanting a brighter smile might need to wait until they're a little older, generally in their teens (which varies depending on the whitening product used). Pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding their babies should wait in order to eliminate the risk of ingesting any hydrogen peroxide. The number of dental restorations you have (crowns and veneers) can also give an uneven whitening result. Some people can simply be allergic to the active ingredient in whitening products (which is the hydrogen peroxide) or may have teeth that are too sensitive to tolerate any exposure to hydrogen peroxide.
Alternative Whitening Methods
This doesn't mean that you need to live with discoloured teeth since there are many available options that don't involve traditional whitening. This doesn't involve options such as brushing your teeth with baking soda either. You will need to see your dentist for assistance. What options might they offer?
A professional dental cleaning can deliver noticeable results (especially if it's been some years since this happened). Surface stains can be buffed away, essentially polishing your teeth. This uses a special dental paste that contains tiny exfoliating granules (such as pumice) to remove surface stains.
Your dentist can recommend restorations to cover the discolouration. Dental veneers will be the most effective option in this instance and will involve the application of tooth-shaped, wafer-thin layers of porcelain to your teeth, transforming the appearance of your smile.
You can also receive composite bonding, which is when the surfaces of your teeth are coated with an ultra-thin layer of dental composite resin (the same material used to fill cavities), which transforms the appearance of your teeth and efficiently conceals the underlying discolouration.
It can be disheartening when you're not able to receive traditional teeth whitening treatment. After all, you want a brighter smile just like everyone else! Although the best choice for you might not involve typical whitening, it's certainly possible for your dentist to help you get the results you're after.