I have a good family dentist. He does a great job with my teeth. But, I want my teeth whitened and apparently he doesn’t do that. Is there some type of specialist I need to see?
No, it doesn’t require you to see any type of specialist. Technically, any general or cosmetic dentist can do teeth whitening. Whether they do or not is up to them. Each dentist prefers to offer the services that are important to them. Some may offer cosmetic work, such as Lumineers. Others, don’t do any cosmetic work. Or, they do smile makeovers, but don’t use Lumineers. It’s all a preference issue.
Because teeth whitening is such a simple procedure, I’d simply call around. This is one area where you can actually price shop. It doesn’t take much to do the teeth whitening. Call around your area to see who has the best offer for that particular service in your area. The main reason for your dentist is the strength of the whitening gel.
Professional teeth whitening gel is much stronger than anything you’d get over-the-counter. Because of that, you have the benefit of your teeth getting much whiter faster. It also keeps you under the care of dentist who can recognize when something may be awry and protect you from complications with your gums, etc, that could arise during treatment.
Just be aware if you have any dental work which is visible, like a porcelain crown on a front tooth, you’ll need to replace your work when you’re done. Teeth whitening only works on natural tooth structure. In order to get your crown to match your new bright smile, it will need to be replaced.
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