Both in-office and at-home whitening are suitable for external dental stains located on the surface of the teeth. Every day, a thin coating called a pellicle forms on the enamel. A pellicle is an invisible film that can easily pick up stains from dark-colored foods and beverages. If you struggle with external stains, you are likely a candidate for teeth whitening.
However, whitening is not recommended for internal stains, which often result from medication, infection, or discolored fillings. We can recommend an alternative treatment, such as porcelain veneers, to address this type of staining.
Professional whitening is safe, effective, affordable, and can dramatically improve your appearance, taking years off.
Before undergoing teeth whitening, you should be in good oral health. Your dentist will need to treat any decay or gum disease before you proceed with cosmetic care.