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Do you know why some people aren’t happy with teeth whitening—especially when they buy a whitening kit from a store? Have you heard why you should visit a dentist before you whiten your teeth?

Did you know that if you whiten over a plaque buildup your teeth may be colored unevenly? While you may think that the best way to prevent this problem is simply brushing your teeth thoroughly before you whiten, a toothbrush and floss can’t remove all of your plaque. However, with specialized tools, a dentist or dental hygienist can. Similarly, teeth with fillings or bonded teeth won’t change color, which can ultimately leave you with different colored teeth.

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.

Would you like more information on teeth whitening? Are you interested in scheduling an appointment with us to see if whitening would be safe—or to make your smile safe for whitening? If so, please feel free to contact us. We are excited to hear from you.