Lots of us make New Year’s Resolutions and most of us don’t keep them. If your resolution is to look better in 2014 then a brighter, whiter smile can help you achieve your goal!
Our smile is one of the first things people notice about us. A dingy, discolored smile can make us appear older than we actually are and studies have shown that people with a more youthful smile are perceived as more accomplished.
There are lots of choices in the world of tooth whitening. There are toothpastes and mouthwashes that claim to whiten teeth but these really can’t accomplish much. For mild staining a visit with the dental hygienist and some whitening strips may help.
For severe staining or yellowing due to age, a professional whitening treatment will be required to achieve a white, bright grin. There are some things to remember when scheduling your appointment for professional tooth whitening.
- Dental work won’t bleach. If you have bonding, crowns, bridges or dental veneers that show when you smile you need to be aware that these restorations will not change color.
- Shading from old amalgam fillings will not bleach. These old fillings should be removed and replaced with a tooth colored restoration.
- Some types of discoloration can’t be bleached away. Some medications, such as antibiotics, cause teeth to discolor. This discoloration cannot be bleached away but dental veneers can be used to give you a beautiful, white smile.
- Teeth need to be clean to be whitened. Schedule a dental hygiene visit along with your whitening visit to ensure the best results.
Please contact your Medford, OR cosmetic dentist at Rothfus Family Dental today at 541-858-7994.