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When Is Teeth Whitening Not Recommended?

Brunette woman in a lavender shirt wonders when teeth whitening isn't recommended

There are many benefits of teeth whitening such as a brighter smile and improved self-confidence. Having whiter teeth can also motivate you to take better care of them. But not everyone is a good candidate for teeth whitening. There are a few factors to consider when deciding whether you qualify for professional teeth whitening.

Dental Restorations

Dental restorations like crowns and veneers are custom-made to match the shade of your natural teeth. If you are looking to whiten your smile, the dental restorations won’t change color. The only way to brighten dental restorations is to replace them altogether.

Poor Oral Health

You should get a dental examination with Sean Abidin, DDS & Vanessa Cao, DDS, before getting teeth whitening. If we find cavities or gum disease, we recommend addressing these dental issues before whitening your teeth.

Chronic Sensitivity

One of the most common side effects of getting teeth whitening is a temporary increase in sensitivity. You may experience discomfort drinking and eating hot or cold foods and drinks. Teeth whitening may exacerbate this problem if you already have very sensitive teeth. We may recommend using anti-sensitivity toothpaste for a few weeks prior to your whitening treatment.


Patients usually shouldn’t get teeth whitening until their teenage years. By this time, all the permanent teeth have erupted and the enamel is strong. Having a fully developed mouth reduces the chance of irritation and discomfort during teeth whitening.

Professional Teeth Whitening in Westerville, OH

At-home whitening products aren’t the same as the high-quality products you can get in a dentist’s office. At Sean Abidin, DDS & Vanessa Cao, DDS, we offer both in-office whitening sessions and take-home teeth whitening trays. The kit contains professional-strength teeth whitening gel and a custom tray that fits your teeth perfectly.

Contact our office today for more information about professional teeth whitening or our other cosmetic dentistry services!

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