Generally, many people think that teeth are white, but tooth enamel can actually be different shades. Over time, the enamel can change color or become stained for many different reasons. Some reasons may be (but are not limited) to genetics, aging, illness, certain medications, tobacco use and even consumption of certain staining foods or drinks like coffee, tea or red wine.
“Whitening” is any process that will make teeth look whiter. In fact, whitening can be done in two ways; with products that bleach the teeth and non-bleaching whitening products that remove surface stains on teeth only. The bleaching products may contain certain levels of peroxide(s) that help to remove deep and surface level stains.
Generally, people wish to have a whiter smile and nothing is wrong with that. Although, it is important to know that teeth whitening may not be advised for everyone. For individuals who have gums that have pulled away from the teeth, whitening could irritate these areas. Any individuals who have existing tooth decay or gum disease, it would be best to have these issues be taken care of prior to any whitening treatment. Additionally, sensitivity and irritation of the gums is a likely risk with whitening treatments due to the peroxide(s) that make up the whitening products. Therefore, individuals who have sensitive teeth or gums, whitening treatments may create discomfort or increase sensitivity.
If you are wondering if tooth whitening is right for you, it is in your best interest to consult with your dentist prior to beginning any whitening treatment. Your dentist will evaluate certain factors that can determine whether teeth whitening will be comfortable and successful for you.
Contact River Run Dental Spa Today!
If you are interested in teeth whitening in the Richmond, VA area and wondering if treatment is right for you, please do not hesitate to contact our office today at (804)-409-0817. Consistently voted as Richmond’s Best, we have five highly trained dental professionals who are dedicated to helping serve your dental needs. By scheduling an appointment with us, one of our wonderful dentists will be able to determine if whitening treatment is right for you.