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The presence of dental stains often convinces patients to seek teeth whitening treatment. However, this procedure may not be effective for every patient due to a variety of factors. We would be happy to discuss the conditions that may skew the results of your professional teeth whitening.

Plaque
Plaque covers the teeth in a bacterial growth that prevents the tooth surfaces from being penetrated by the whitening agent, reducing the effectiveness of the procedure.

Sensitivity and Allergies
Teeth whitening may not be optimal for you if you have sensitive teeth or gums or have suffered gum recession. A peroxide allergy will prevent you from using any whitening product whose whitening agent is peroxide.

Badly Stained Teeth
Teeth whitening is highly effective for yellowed teeth, but typically makes very little difference on brown, gray, or purple spots on your teeth. However, our dentist can provide a variety of alternatives to tooth whitening to improve the appearance of badly stained teeth.

Gum Inflammation
While it’s common for teeth whitening to result in mild gum discomfort, inflamed gum tissue will experience a more significant discomfort.

Dental Restorations
Teeth whitening can’t affect the coloring of your dental restorations, which means your smile color may look uneven if the natural teeth become whiter than the restored teeth.

If you are considering teeth whitening in Pekin, Illinois, but would like to speak with Dr. Michael Danner about whether it’s effective for you, call Danner Family Dentistry at 309-346-2145 today.