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Am I a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

You may think that it is only those with lightly stained teeth who are a candidate for teeth whitening, but there is more to it than that, and Jack Fong, DDS in Amarillo, TX wants to help patients make the right decisions. As your chosen dentist in Amarillo, Dr. Fong offers in office and take home tooth whitening, but encourages patients to find out as much as possible about this wonderful form of cosmetic dentistry.

Naturally, the first step is to ensure your teeth and gums are in the best shape possible, and Dr. Fong does just that before moving on to cosmetic treatments. Once your teeth and gums are healthy, whitening may be all you need for a picture perfect smile.

Not Just for Light Stains

So, just what makes someone a good candidate for teeth whitening? It helps to understand that tooth staining occurs in two ways: intrinsically and extrinsically. The intrinsic stains are deeper in the enamel and can be due to issues like infection, medication usage or injury. The extrinsic stains are those on the surface of the enamel and due to things like food or beverage stains, smoking and age.

As you might guess, the very best candidate for teeth whitening is the person with light extrinsic staining. These are the patients who can come in to the office for a single treatment and leave with teeth several shades lighter. However, that does not mean that those with intrinsic staining are out of luck. There are many instances when one or two office treatments can lighten and even begin to alleviate such stains.

What if someone has staining that disqualifies them as a candidate for teeth whitening? That is when Dr. Fong might suggest something as permanent and effective as dental veneers that mask intrinsic stains forever.


Of course, the best candidates for whitening are those who are committed to prolonging the outcome. This means eliminating habits that lead to staining, such as smoking, drinking coffee or tea (or other staining beverages) and eating sugary diets. Good oral hygiene, regular cleanings and regular checkups also prolong the results.

Want to Brighten Your Smile?

Would you like to find out more about whitening? If so, feel free to give us a call at our Amarillo, TX office at 806-353-8184. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.