During a pre-whitening treatment evaluation, an esthetic evaluation can quickly and easily provide teeth whitening experts an ample amount of information that your clients may otherwise not realize. In addition to functional considerations, it is important to also keep in mind the esthetic considerations mentioned in this article to help you provide your clients with the best, professional recommendations and service.

When a person smiles, the visual appearance of their smile can indicate many dental health concerns including gingivitis, exposed roots, white spots, and stains. During your initial evaluation with a client, make note of these concerns, as they can help you in determining which teeth whitening procedure is appropriate for them, or whether they need to wait until they’ve received dental care before beginning a teeth whitening treatment.

Exposed Roots
Exposed roots will not whiten properly, and in some cases, a whitening treatment may cause discomfort and pain. Teeth whitening professionals should also be aware that some dental restorations will remain the same color after a whitening treatment.

Transparencies and White Spots
Ask your client if their dentist has mentioned any transparencies around the incisal edges of their teeth. This is important to consider because these transparent edges will become more noticeable after a whitening treatment, often turning a bluish color. Additionally, during an evaluation, if you notice white spots on the surface of a customer’s teeth, teeth whitening professionals should know that these white spots will not whiten or bleach. Instead, professionals can make these spots less noticeable by attempting to color match the rest of the teeth with the white spots.

Dental Stains and Types
In addition, teeth whitening professionals should consider the type of dental stains that their clients are experiencing. Tetracycline-stained teeth are often the most difficult to whiten. This discoloration is typically due to certain medications taken by the client, usually at a young age, which affects the color of the client’s teeth. Clients with this type of stain often need more frequent whitening treatments, with results appearing anywhere from four months to one year. Clients who use tobacco products on a regular basis can also experience tobacco stains on their teeth. Nicotine stains can take up to three months to successfully whiten.

Color Matching
Lastly, teeth whitening professionals should compare the color of the client’s teeth with the whites of their eyes in order to achieve the best esthetic, natural match for each client. Our clients may want the whitest, brightest smile possible, but teeth that are too white appear to be unnatural. Matching the whites of a client’s eyes with their teeth will allow your client to look and feel beautiful.

Not every new or existing client is an immediate perfect candidate for teeth whitening. It is important for professionals to gather enough information about each individual client’s dental history, current dental discomfort, and conduct a thorough evaluation prior to performing a teeth whitening treatment. Making note of functional and esthetic considerations for each client will help you in determining which whitening procedure is best for your client, as well as help you determine whether the client needs dental therapy prior to beginning a treatment plan.