Rockville Dental Arts


Am I a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

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Am I a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?



candidate for teeth whiteningDr. Norkiewicz and associates of Rockville Dental Arts in Rockville, MD want our patients to discover if they are a good candidate for teeth whitening. As one of the most conservative and cost-effective means of improving the looks of the smile, it is something that can also be the finishing touch on a smile makeover too. Naturally, as your dentist in Rockville, MD, we also consider teeth whitening as something of a reward to yourself when you practice optimal oral hygiene.


If you are interested in tooth whitening, the first step is to book a visit with us to discuss your cosmetic dentistry concerns. We will first review the overall health of the teeth and gums, ensuring you will not require general or restorative care to get your mouth into its best condition. Then, as your cosmetic dentist, we can review whether you are a good candidate for teeth whitening or another treatment.


The patient who is a strong candidate for teeth whitening is:


  • Someone with good overall oral health
  • Someone without deep-set staining like tetracycline staining that is “intrinsic” rather than at the surface of the tooth
  • Someone who is willing to consider lifestyle changes to reduce the amount of staining to the teeth in the future
  • Someone who will be willing to use a single in-office visit or specialize products for at-home whitening


As you can see, almost anyone is a good candidate for teeth whitening. We use two approaches – an in-office system known as Zoom! Whitening that can lighten the teeth by many degrees in a very short period (usually less than an hour) and an at-home system that requires customized dental trays that you can fill with the special compound to whiten in complete privacy at home.


We should also add that a good candidate for such treatment is someone who hesitates to show off their healthy smile because of discolored or yellowed teeth. This has some serious effects on your overall sense of confidence and happiness. A single office visit can whiten the teeth and allow you to smile without any self-consciousness or negative thoughts, and that means it improves your quality of life!


Contact Us for Teeth Whitening Treatment


If you want to determine if you are a good candidate for teeth whitening, or you have questions about any of the other treatments mentioned here, give us a call at our Rockville, MD office at (301) 424-2030. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.


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