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Did you know that teeth whitening is the treatment that patients request most often? In fact, Americans spend more than 15 billion dollars a year to whiten their teeth.

If you are interested in whitening your smile, you can choose to visit your dentist or to buy an over-the-counter kit. But, if you are going to invest in a brighter smile, wouldn’t you rather enjoy the best possible result? In fact, did you know that certain issues with your smile could ruin your teeth whitening, especially if you use an over-the-counter kit? Conversely, a dentist can recognize these problems and adjust your whitening accordingly.

Sadly, even the most common dental problems can lead to uneven coloring. For example, even if you have something as mundane as plaque buildup, you could ultimately have a mismatched smile. This plaque is unavoidable—in fact, removing it is one of the main reasons you should work to keep your smile clean. Similarly, some dental work, like a filling or a bond, won’t be affected by whitening.

The health of your mouth should also be considered. If this important step is ignored, the normally painless whitening process could be incredibly unpleasant. For instance, if you have an exposed nerve, a cavity, broken teeth, or broken fillings, the bleach solution used in whitening could cause pain. Also, while it is normal for your gums to be slightly irritated during whitening, if your gums are inflamed before whitening, you may experience severe irritation for longer than necessary.

Are you interested in learning more or scheduling an appointment with our team? If so, please feel free to contact us today.