While tooth whitening can be highly effective at brightening the shade of your teeth, there are limits to what this treatment can accomplish. If you have undergone dental work in the past, it is likely that many of these restorations will be resistant to the bleaching efforts of tooth whitening. This must be considered when choosing whether to move forward with your tooth whitening treatment. In some cases, Glendale cosmetic dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox can successfully lighten your natural teeth to match the color of previous dental work with professional tooth whitening. However, it is very difficult to achieve natural looking results with this method. As a result, Dr. Wilcox will often recommend porcelain veneers to whiten teeth that contain a substantial amount of previous dental work. If you are planning on having dental work performed along with your tooth whitening, Dr. Wilcox will recommend undergoing your tooth whitening session first so that he can match the color of your dental restorations to the shade of your newly whitened teeth. It is important to remember that many dental restorations will not become discolored over time the way your natural teeth do. In order to prolong your results, you will need to maintain a good at-home oral hygiene regimen and visit our Glendale dental office twice a year for professional teeth cleanings. Please contact Desert Smiles today to schedule your initial tooth whitening consultation. Dr. Donald Wilcox serves patients in Phoenix, Glendale, and Scottsdale, Arizona.