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How White Can You Go?


Teeth whitening results are subjective, varying considerably from person to person. Most are immediately delighted with their outcome. Before you embark on any whitening treatment, ask your client whether they have had teeth whitening in the past 2 years or have been using any home whitening products as this may reduce the results. 

Expectations play a major role in teeth whitening.  The paper white teeth seen in movies are not as a result of teeth whitening, this is from having the surface of the teeth replaced with porcelain veneers.

While professional cosmetic teeth whitening can achieve results of 5-14 shades lighter on untreated teeth, the use of home whitening treatments or regular in chair whitening will reduce the results.  
Ensure your client understands teeth whitening results are subjective as each individual is different and teeth will only whiten to the degree which they are stained.  This means teeth whitening will only whiten teeth to the colour they were originally grown.  Therefore, the more stained a person’s teeth the greater the result will be.  Teeth with very little staining due to good diet or the use of home whitening treatments may not show as much of a result.  The whiter the persons teeth were originally the whiter the result that can be achieved.


The answer is simple.  The term "whitening" refers to restoring a tooth's surface colour by removing stains.  The term “bleaching” refers more to using products containing a bleaching agent like peroxide to achieve stain removal.  Of course, the term whitening sounds better than bleaching, so it is more frequently used – even when describing products that contain bleach.

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