IS BLEACHING TEETH FOR EVERYONE?
and effective procedure, but it involves chair time, staff expense, and
more cost for the patient than at-home bleaching.
Some dentists use a bleaching light when bleaching in-office. This
concept has shown the potential to have slightly measurable positive
effects, the most significant being that the patient feels that the light
enhances the procedure.
The fact is, at-home bleaching at a low cost, using generic adaptable
trays, has changed the entire bleaching concept and made it available
to almost any patient who wants the procedure. With that statement
comes a potentially negative concept, however. Most patients should
consult with a dental professional relative to bleaching their teeth,
but only some will heed that suggestion.
IS TOOTH BLEACHING HARMFUL?
Innumerable studies have been done on this question. I can answer
it with a simple statement. If bleaching is done in moderation as sug-
gested in this article—preferably with the supervision of a dental
professional—no negative effects have been shown. Of course, abuse
of any concept can have potentially negative influences.
Bleaching vital teeth is the clearly identifiable, usually painless, least
expensive introduction for patients into esthetically oriented oral
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procedures. When patients have had a successful bleaching procedure,
they naturally begin to look at other aspects of their oral appearance
and may soon become interested in adult orthodontics, veneers,
crowns, composite resins, diastema closures, occlusal corrections,
and other esthetic procedures. Bleaching should be offered to almost
every patient at the initial diagnostic appointment. Some patients
will accept it and others will not be interested, but at least you have
made them aware of the concept.
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