Prior to having your teeth whitening treatment, your dentist will complete a thorough examination and determine whether teeth whitening is a suitable treatment option for you. There are some restrictions, however:
- You must be 18 or older by law.
- If you have gum disease or other dental problems, your dentist may decide that teeth whitening will not be suitable until they’ve been treated.
- If you have de-calcifications (white spots) on your teeth, these might become more noticeable after whitening. However, we have other treatments available - such as ICON - to take care of this.
- Teeth whitening is not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Similarly, certain health problems, such as allergies, may mean that teeth whitening is not suitable for you.
- If you have deep intrinsic staining (eg from tetracycline), teeth whitening may not be suitable.
Teeth whitening treatment will only work on natural teeth. Artificial teeth, crowns, bridges, fillings and veneers can’t be whitened in the same way. Sometimes these can be changed after treatment to match your new brighter smile. It's important that during the pre-treatment consultation you understand the need and cost for additional treatment to replace crowns, veneers and fillings.
If you are considering crowns, veneers, dentures etc. then talk to your dentist about whitening at the start of treatment. It is much easier to whiten the natural teeth first and then match any other restorations or replacement teeth to the natural whitened teeth.