General dentistry deals mainly with repairing teeth that have been damaged by decay, disease or injury. Cosmetic dentists also deal in restoration but the goal is aesthetic rather than reparative. Your family dentist, for instance, will fill your cavity and place a crown over the affected tooth to protect it from further invasion while a cosmetic dentist will use that same crown as a way to improve the appearance of your smile. Both methods are beneficial to you as the patient.

Teeth whitening is probably the most popular of all the cosmetic procedures available. It has become so acceptable that people often whiten their teeth for a special occasion as easily as they choose what to wear. This may be due in part to the prevalence of so many over the counter whitening systems on the market today. Dentists recommend, however, that patients be evaluated to make sure that whitening will be a safe and effective procedure and that it will live up to their expectations.

Whitening and bleaching are two different things. Whitening amounts to cleaning and getting rid of components that may dull the enamel in order to restore the teeth to their natural luster. Bleaching, on the other hand, goes beyond whitening in that it completely alters the original color of the teeth. Some brand names prefer to use the word “whitening” on the label because it sounds less severe, even though the product may contain bleach.

People who experience extreme tooth sensitivity are not good candidates for tooth whitening. Bleaching formulas and the trays that are used in home whitening kits have been known to cause temporary irritation to the gum tissue. Also, the solutions have no effect on teeth that have been bonded or crowned which could result in blotching.

Once your dentist has evaluated your overall oral health he will be glad to discuss the options for whitening and which one might be most able to produce the results that you are hoping for. Call Spokane Valley Dentistry today @ 509-926-6261 to set up an appointment to confer with Dr. Conway.