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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. Joe Rigg 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.

Our dentist can also identify other complications that could make your whitening experience more painful and unpleasant. For example, did you know that if you have gum disease–which is more common than you may thing–whitening could cause irritation. Similarly, if you have a cracked or decayed 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 605-225-2050. We look forward to hearing from you.