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Teeth whitening is the most popular way to beautify the smile. Having a brighter, whiter smile can greatly boost a person’s confidence and self-esteem. Teeth whitening can be performed in a dental office, with take-home kits from the dental office, or with over-the-counter kits. Regardless of the method you choose, your teeth and gums need to be healthy for you to get the beautiful, sparkling results you desire. Before you whiten your teeth, be aware of the following:

Plaque can mar the results of teeth whitening. If there is a buildup of plaque on the teeth, teeth whitening will not be as successful. Plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth, contributes to tooth decay and gum disease. In addition, it can stain the teeth. Whitening the teeth when there is plaque buildup will not allow the product to reach the teeth properly. Because of this, whitening where there is plaque can result in uneven color instead of the uniform, sparking smile you are reaching for.

Teeth whitening with inflamed gums is uncomfortable. Teeth whitening, whether at home or at the dentist’s office, may irritate the gums a little because of the bleach in the whitening solution. Inflamed gums cause much more discomfort during the whitening process, especially in the days after the procedure. Healthy gums are much more resistant to irritation caused by bleach.

Dental restorations like crowns and fillings will not whiten. Dental restorations do not respond to whitening products, so will not lighten with the rest of your smile. Because of this, whitening with crowns and fillings can cause a multi-colored mouth. If you do have restorations and you would like to whiten your smile, you may need to have them replaced after the bleaching process is completed.

Contact our dentist today to learn more about teeth whitening!