Everyone wants a white, healthy smile. Stains and discolorations are a common dental problem, which explains why teeth whitening is so popular. Regular oral exams and cleanings can ward off the majority of stains, but some things need more attention. The good news is that most stains can be resolved through safe, effective teeth whitening procedures.
The ADA recommends to have one’s teeth checked by a dentist before undergoing any whitening method. The dentist should examine the patient thoroughly: take a health and dental history (including allergies and sensitivities), observe hard and soft tissues, placement and conditions of restorations, and sometimes x-rays to determine the nature and depth of possible irregularities.