Can Individual Teeth Be Whitened?
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Whitening Individual Teeth
Yes, it is possible to whiten individual teeth using whitening gel in custom-made trays. The dentist can make trays that have space for the whitening gel only on the selected teeth to be whitened. As long as the patient does not overfill the tray with gel, the gel should not be able to contact adjacent teeth. Best, Dr. Elizabeth Jahanian.
Whitening individual teeth
It's difficult to try to whiten one tooth. For a non-root canal tooth, you could try a custom tray with gel on one tooth, but it's tough to get the right shade with only one tooth. A veneer might really be the best bet.
Single tooth whitening
Years ago, we used to whiten teeth one at a time with gel and a small halogen light tip. If the tooth is dark because of a root canal being done, then it can be bleached using a strong bleaching agent inside the tooth. The gel is placed in the topo of the root canal and a cotton pellet placed over that and then a composite filling. Then the patient leaves that in for a couple weeks. The procedure can be repeated as well.
If the tooth is dark because of a post being in the tooth or an amalgam or pin supporting a large filling, then those dark shadows won't bleach, they need to be removed and replaced with a cosmetic restoration.
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Single tooth whitening
Usually single tooth whitening is a concern for teeth that have had root canals, or need root canals. If they have had a root canal you can bleach it from the inside. If they haven't, you may do a root canal and that may be enough. Often the tooth that has had a root canal needs a crown and can be matched with a cosmetically designed crown.
I would shy away from it.
Trying to whiten one teeth is a toughy and most of the time the success rate is very low to minimal. A single veneer can be done if the color is really off. A good cosmetic dentist is your best source of information...Dr Thomas
Whitening Just One Tooth
There are several ways to whiten just one tooth. One way is the walking technique (described below) used for teeth that have had a root canal. Another way (for non-root canal teeth) is to use a custom tray and apply gel only in the tray for the one tooth you wish to whiten. If the simple whitening procedures will not work, you may be able to use porcelain to get that tooth to be the color you desire.