It’s no secret that no two people are alike – and this line of thinking also rings true when it comes to whitening treatments.
What works for one individual may not work for another, and there are numerous considerations that dental care providers need to bear in mind when making recommendations for clinical and at-home whitening options.
It’s important to bear in mind that everyone’s sensitivity levels are different – the ADA estimates that up to two-thirds of users may experience transient sensitivity in the early days of a new tooth whitening treatment, with pain ranging from mild to moderate.
This can vary according to each individual’s response to the treatment, as well as the bleaching methods and materials used.
To make an accurate recommendation, dentists need to bear a number of factors in mind, including the patient’s full health and medical history. In addition to a standard exam to identify any dental or oral health issues, the patient should also be consulted about any allergies they may have, as well as their thoughts on the causes of visible tooth discolouration.
Based on this examination, dentists may also wish to recommend further diagnostic tests – such as radiographs – before making their suggestions.
It is also essential for dentists to consider the effects of bleaching on any pre-existing dental conditions – including bruxism – as well as the impact of these treatments can have on dental restorations.
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