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What Are Your Options if Traditional Teeth Whitening Doesn't Work?

Lots of our patients at Grace Dental Group are interested in teeth whitening services. By brightening your smile, you can increase your personal confidence. Teeth whitening is a popular anti-aging procedure, as well.

But what if you’ve tried teeth whitening treatments before, with mixed or insufficient results? Woo Young Lee, DDS and the team at Grace Dental Group can help you understand why your previous attempts might not have yielded the results you want. We work with you from offices located in San Francisco’s Fillmore District to put together personalized treatment plans that can achieve the brighter smile of your dreams.

Why might your teeth whitening not have worked?

In some cases, your previous attempts at tooth whitening treatments may not have worked. You might have tried an over-the-counter whitening product or even had ineffective professional dental whitening treatments, yet you still noticed areas of discoloration in your smile.

If your teeth and gums aren’t in the best shape or if you’ve had a lot of previous dental work, both issues can affect your results with traditional teeth whitening treatments. You won’t be able to whiten either porcelain crowns or most commonly used dental bonding materials. And, if you’re suffering from gum disease, teeth whitening treatments will be uncomfortable, as well as possibly ineffective.

Make sure to get your regularly scheduled dental exam and cleaning before you start with teeth whitening treatments! If your teeth have too much plaque coating their surfaces, your teeth whitening results may not be all that you’ve wished them to be. You might need to schedule other dental work as well before you’re reading for teeth whitening treatments. Dr. Lee can advise you.

Professional whitening techniques for real results

Once your mouth is clean and in good health, the experienced professionals at Grace Dental Group offer excellent whitening treatments. Professional teeth whitening results tend to be many times better than at-home kits. If you’ve had disappointments before, make sure you’re going to get the results you want by choosing professional teeth whitening.

You may be able to benefit from professionally applied clinical bleaching solutions containing hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Dr. Lee can also use specialized lights to enhance your results, helping topically applied chemicals to penetrate through your porous dental enamel to address stains in the lower layer of your dentin.

Talk with Dr. Lee about your teeth-whitening concerns. If you have crowns, large fillings, or other dental or oral health issues that keep you from being a good candidate for professional bleaching, Dr. Lee can recommend potential alternate cosmetic treatment options. Your overall oral health has to come before the appearance of your smile, but your aesthetic goals for your teeth also matter.

You can schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Lee at Grace Dental Group of San Francisco, California by giving us a call now or requesting your appointment online.

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