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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.

Tooth discoloration is caused by several issues, such as aging, certain medications, fluorosis, and even cavities. 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. C.R. (Chip) Edwards, Jr. will be able to look over your mouth and warn you about potential complications. For instance, had you heard that plaque could ruin your whitening? If you don’t remove plaque and tartar (which is hardened plaque) your whitening could be uneven. In fact, if you don’t have your plaque removed, you could up with spots on your color or multi-colored teeth. Our team will gladly clean your smile to ensure the best cleaning possible. 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 (407) 322.6052. We look forward to hearing from you.