Have you gone in for a professional teeth whitening and also tried many over-the-counter options only to not get the results you expected? Either your teeth become stained quickly afterward, or they did not achieve the whiteness initially expected. If teeth whitening is not working for you, it could be because of the products being used, the type of spots or stains causing the tooth discoloration, or the strength of the bleaching gel. Dr. Natalie Provenzano and her associates would like to explain to patients near the Basking Ridge area of San Jose, California, why their teeth may not be receptive to teeth whitening and provide some alternatives that could work better for you.
Why Is Teeth Whitening Not Working For You
There are several reasons why teeth whitening treatments may not be effective for everyone. Let’s examine some of these reasons.
- Product: If you are using over-the-counter options like whitening toothpaste or strips but are not getting the desired result, it may be time to consider a professional solution. Many over-the-counter products are not able to deliver the results they promise. These “one size fits all” products, like whitening trays, may produce weaker, uneven results.
- Bleaching Gel Concentration: Going back to over-the-counter products you may have been trying without success, this is likely due to the concentration of the bleaching solution these products are legally allowed to sell over-the-counter. When you visit a dentist for a professional teeth whitening treatment, the bleaching gel used can be much stronger. Your dentist will be able to determine the strength of the bleaching gel needed to remove your tooth stains.
- Types of Stains/Spots: Stains acquired as your teeth develop may not be receptive to teeth whitening, no matter how strong the bleaching solution is. An example of this is stains caused by tetracycline. If taken in your early developmental years, this antibiotic can lead to stains that will not respond to bleaching. Instead, alternative cosmetic options like porcelain veneers may be a better choice. Bleaching could make stains from something like fluorosis even worse.
Teeth Whitening Alternatives:
If bleaching your teeth is not working for you, other cosmetic options are available. Porcelain veneers and dental bonding are a couple of options that may be better for you.
If you want to learn more about teeth whitening and are in the San Jose area, you can reach our team at Natalie K. Provenzano DDS, Inc. at (408) 226-2542.
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