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Our smiles are more important than we realize. According to a poll by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the most common aspect that people want to improve about their smiles is to have “whiter and brighter teeth.” Indeed, a bright smile is often perceived to be a healthy smile.

Many people seek a brighter smile through teeth-whitening, which is a process that lightens the discoloration of enamel and dentin. Teeth-whitening is often considered to be the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. Under the supervision of esteemed dentists like ours, whitening is completely safe.

You should be aware that whitening doesn’t affect synthetic materials, such as bonding or fillings; although in some cases, it can improve the junction of a filling and the tooth structure.

Almost anyone can enjoy the benefits of whiter teeth, though this treatment can work more effectively for some people and less effectively for others. Whitening isn’t a perfect science; for instance, teeth-whitening it will not mask dark colors beneath the enamel; it just brightens the surface of the enamel.

Your caring dentists here at Blue Ridge Dentistry can determine if you’re a candidate for teeth-whitening with an oral exam and a shade assessment. We’re happy to help.