Do I Need a Cosmetic Dentist for Teeth Whitening?

I want to get my teeth whitened. I mentioned it to my family dentist. He said he’d be happy to do it. The only thing which worries me is the fact it is a cosmetic procedure. Should I see a cosmetic dentist for that? I don’t want to hurt my dentist’s feelings, but I want to make sure it’s done correctly.

Maya E. – Long Beach

Maya,

You’re wise to ask. There are certain procedures that especially need to be done by an expert cosmetic dentist, such as porcelain veneers.

Teeth whitening isn’t one of them. Any dentist can do teeth whitening. It’s the easiest cosmetic procedure there is. Your family dentist will be fine to do this procedure. I’m sure he’d also be thrilled to serve you this way.

You should be aware there is really no such thing as a cosmetic dentist specialty. Any dentist can call themselves a cosmetic dentist. You’ll want to check out their post-graduate training in cosmetic procedures. To get an idea of the type of dental training you’ll want, take a look at Dr. Bader’s bio page.

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Is My Dentist Lying to Me About My Invisalign Aligners?

My sister and I are both getting smile makeovers of sorts. We’re doing Invisalign to straighten our teeth and teeth whitening to give them some pop! We live in different cities, so we go to different dentists, but are doing the same procedures. Her dentist is using her Invisalign aligners as teeth whitening trays.  I got excited when I heard what she was doing and asked my dentist if we could. He said it’s not possible to use the aligners for whitening. Is he lying or is my sister’s dentist doing something dangerous?

Corinne – Baltimore

Corinne,

Invisalign aligners can double as teeth whitening trays. Plus, it saves you both time and money.  So, if your dentist is saying they can’t he’s either confused or dishonest.

However, it may be that he’s saying you’re not a good candidate for the whitening at the moment. You may have fillings that need dealing with or some other issues.

Before assuming he’s being dishonest, ask him what specific reason he had for not wanting to move forward with the whitening.

It’s also possible it’s just a policy he has to do the treatments separately. If that’s the case, he should just come right out and say that instead of pretending they can’t be combined.

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