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As you probably know, a smile is an essential part of making a good first impression. Similarly, you know that having a whiter smile can have a huge impact on a person’s confidence and quality of life.

Of course, you probably know that you can use teeth-whitening to keep your smile radiant, but do you know why your smile could lose some of its luster? Sadly, there isn’t anything you can do to prevent some of these problems. For example, did you know that your teeth can actually discolor simply with age? Similarly, certain medications, fluorosis, and even cavities can cause discoloration. Fortunately, there are a variety of options available for whitening your teeth—however, there are a few things you should do in order to get the best results possible.

Generally, you should visit a dentist for a whitening. Granted, you can buy an over-the-counter kit, but Dr. Rattner, Dr. Kim, Dr. Roosta, or Dr. Suralie will be able to look over your mouth and warn you about potential complications. For example, did you know that if you have plaque buildup, you could end up with an uneven whitening. Our team will remove plaque buildup before you whiten your teeth. Similarly, if your gums are inflamed, the bleach solution may irritate your gums. Also, if you have a cavity or cracked tooth, the whitening process could be painful.

Finally, any dental work you’ve had could affect the whitening process. You see, restorations—such as bonded teeth, crowns, or fillings—won’t change color during a whitening, which can lead to multi-colored smiles.

When you visit our team, we’ll be able to examine and prepare your mouth for whitening. If you’re interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 301-474-8277. We look forward to hearing from you.