Can Anyone Receive Professional Teeth Whitening?

With professional cosmetic services, people can receive a brighter smile. But can anyone receive professional teeth whitening? The dentist will need to take a number of factors into consideration before recommending a solution to your discoloration. Fortunately, there are multiple options available to brighten teeth and improve your smile’s appearance.

Qualifying for At-Home Teeth Whitening

Our professional systems are designed to remove surface stain and minor intrinsic discoloration. Surface stains, also known as extrinsic discoloration, occurs as a result of:

  • Foods we eat
  • Drinks with dark pigments
  • Smoking

If you have discoloration, we will exam your smile to assess the cause and severity. From there, we may recommend our home-based solution. This involves wearing a custom-made whitening tray for a set amount of time daily. The trays will be filled with a powerful bleaching gel. Optimal results may take about ten days. Benefits of the at-home system include:

  • Less tooth sensitivity when compared to over-the-counter options
  • Less gum irritation when compared to store bought systems
  • Brightens smiles by multiple shades

What If I have Permanent Discoloration?

Occasionally, some forms of intrinsic discoloration may not respond to our traditional teeth whitening systems. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t obtain a brighter smile. Instead, you may benefit from another cosmetic option: porcelain veneers. Instead of using trays to brighten teeth, we simply adhere a shell of porcelain to the front of the tooth. This will mask discoloration and instantly transform the appearance of the tooth. We can use veneers to:

  • Mask the appearance of teeth stains
  • Correct the appearance of minor alignment issues
  • Repair chipped or cracked teeth
  • Lengthen worn down teeth
  • Close gaps between teeth
  • Reshape malformed teeth.

If you have any questions, we urge you to contact our office. We are currently offering free cosmetic consultations for new patients.


Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offer expert services including dental implants, Six Month Smiles, pediatric dentistry, root canals, and teeth whitening in Rochester MN. To schedule a consultation, please call (507) 218-8936. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and Dr. Kara Heimer welcome and serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and the surrounding communities.