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Should I whiten my teeth before or after cosmetic dental procedures?

teeth whitening ChicagoOften patients who want to address aesthetic flaws in their smile also would like to improve the shade of their teeth through teeth whitening. The timing of such a treatment should be carefully considered within the context of other interventions that the patient may be receiving.

Your cosmetic dentist will advise you on the most appropriate sequencing of all of your treatments, including teeth whitening. With some interventions, teeth whitening may need to take place at the beginning of the process, while others should be postponed until closer to the end of the treatment timeline.

For example, if your cosmetic dentist is planning to place porcelain veneers as part of the effort to enhance your smile, it will be necessary to undergo the teeth whitening before the veneers are bonded to your biological teeth. Veneers do not respond to teeth whitening gels, so you must be satisfied with the shade of your teeth before they are placed so that your natural enamel will match your veneers.

However, in other instances, it may make sense to hold off on teeth whitening. A patient who is anticipating getting braces may not want to get their teeth bleached prior to having the appliances bonded to the teeth. While the patient is wearing braces, the teeth may get stained around the perimeter of the appliances, leaving the patient with two-toned teeth.

These are just two examples of possible sequencing of teeth whitening. You should consult with your dentist to determine what approach makes the most sense in your specific case.

When the time comes for your teeth whitening treatment, rest assured that you can see the results you want with a minimal investment of your time. An in-office system, such as ZOOM! laser whitening, can leave teeth up to 10 shades whiter in as little as an hour. This compressed timeline is a courtesy from lasers that activate the bleaching gel, helping them to eliminate stains much more quickly.

Teeth whitening can add a nice flourish to a smile makeover, but you should be sure to undergo this treatment at the right time. If you are interested in including teeth whitening in your treatment plan, be sure to discuss this with our experts at Ora Dental Studio during your initial consultation. Contact one of our convenient locations today!