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To Whiten, or Not to Whiten? Ask Your Dentist in Mill Creek!

added on: December 24, 2013


Sometimes our pearly whites can lose their luster and become less than our ideal shade of white. It’s natural, and anything from wine to berries can cause it. If your smile has become a bit dull, you may have been considering teeth whitening. But with so many choices, how do you know which is best for you? You start by talking with Dr. Brian Rutherford!

Mill Creek dentist Dr. Brian Rutherford wants to urge all who are interested in whitening their teeth to speak with us first. While whitening may seem like a harmless, simple task, there are a variety of things to take into consideration.

Over-the-counter options may be appealing because of their price tags, but they can also cause damage, and sometimes, even pain. The bleaches used in teeth whitening can damage the gums and other soft tissues inside your mouth, causing mouth sores and discomfort. Since the trays that are often found in drugstore kits are not custom fitted to your teeth, it’s possible for the whitening solution to sit on your gums for a prolonged period of time and cause irritation. Additionally, if you’re already experiencing, or are at risk for sensitive teeth, unsupervised drugstore whitenings can exacerbate these complications.

So does this mean you need to avoid a crisp, white smile forever? Not necessarily. If you come to visit us first and discuss your desires, we can suggest the best option for your teeth or even perform the whitening for you in our office. Sometimes we may even recommend a different option like porcelain veneers or dental bonding. Take the first step to a bright, white smile. Call our Mill Creek dental office to schedule an appointment today!

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