Can 70 Year Old Seniors Whiten Their Teeth?

Wondering if bright, white smiles are only for the youth? Well, no! It is not. Whether you are a 12-year-old child or 70-year-old senior, teeth whitening is a fantastic option for anyone looking for a confidence boost.

Is Teething Safe For Seniors?

Teeth whitening can be safe for senior citizens, including those in their 70s, as long as their overall health is good and their dentist gives them the green signal to move forward.

There are some considerations that you must factor in before undergoing a teeth whitening procedure at such an advanced stage. Before your treatment is put on paper, any underlying medical conditions, such as gum disease or receding gums are treated prior to having your teeth whitened.

Additionally, teeth and gum health are carefully assessed before undergoing the procedure, which includes regular dental checkups and cleanings.

Is It Common To Have Yellow Teeth As We Age?

Yes, yellowing of teeth is a common complication as we age. This is because our enamel, with time, starts thinning, giving teeth the yellowish hue from the dentin layer underneath. Other than that, lifestyle factors like eating too much stain-causing foods and beverages, smoking, and medications contribute to this issue.

Professional Teeth Whitening Options for Seniors

  1. In-Office Bleaching
    It is a professional teeth whitening procedure during which a high-concentration peroxide solution is applied to teeth. Then, it is activated with the help of a special light or laser to accelerate the whitening process.
    In-office bleaching is quick and effective to achieve significant whitening results in a single visit. This means that senior citizens do not have to go multiple times to achieve desired results.
  2. Custom Teeth Whitening Trays
    These personalized trays are made by dentists to fit the unique shape of the user’s teeth. They are filled with a professional-grade whitening gel that are custom-fit to ensure that the whitening gel distributes evenly and stays in direct contact with the teeth. This helps maximizing the effectiveness of the whitening treatment.
  3. Dentist-Supervised At-Home Whitening Kits or Strips
    At-home whitening kits or strips are available and monitored by professionals. They can be a good way for seniors to achieve a white smile. These kits include custom-made trays or strips filled with a whitening gel with a lower concentration of whitening agent compared to in-office treatments.
    Seniors of 70 years or above can whiten their teeth by wearing the trays or strips for some time of each day as directed by their dentist. This gradual whitening process is more controlled and gentle, making it suitable for seniors with sensitive teeth.

Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening has several advantages for seniors. Some of them include:

  • A boost in self-confidence
  • Better oral health
  • Whiter teeth
  • Long-lasting results
  • Faster results
  • Tailored treatment
  • Safety and effective

Closing Note

In a nutshell, it is safe for senior citizens of 70 years or more to still get teeth whitening done after dentists evaluate the condition. If you have more questions, get in touch with Dr. Vijay Maheshwari, DDS a postgraduate of Pacific Dental College and a reputed member of the ADA at Infuse Dental of Schererville, for answers. We are just a call away. Dial (219) 472-0042 to connect with us and learn more about what we have in store for you.

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