Discoloration Might Not Be Stains
Teeth whitening works by removing stains from your teeth. But stains aren’t the only reason why teeth get discolored. Sometimes tooth discoloration comes from within the tooth. This could be due to defects in the enamel such as those caused by dental fluorosis or it might be caused by thin enamel letting the dark-colored inner layers of the tooth show through. In some cases, discoloration might even be from tooth decay or even an infected tooth.
If your problem is something other than stains, you might need different treatment, such as fillings, veneers, or even root canal therapy to address the cause of discoloration.
Whitening Might Reveal Other Problems
If your teeth are badly discolored, that might be the only problem you notice about your smile. But once you remove the stains, you might notice other problems.
We see this all the time. People realize that their teeth weren’t just discolored, they might also be a little crooked. Or maybe they’re a little small, which is part of the reason why their smile doesn’t seem as bright as it should.
If you notice other problems related to your smile, it’s good to have time to address those problems before your big event. Veneers are a great solution to most cosmetic concerns that might crop up at this stage, and they can usually be completed within a few weeks. Doing whitening a few weeks before your event will give us the time we need to pursue plan B.