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If the teeth in your smile have dulled or taken on an unsightly yellow shade, chances are good you’re considering your whitening options. Unfortunately, most of the dental whitening products offered by oral hygiene manufacturers lack the potency to do more than improve minor surface stains. Even some of the stronger items struggle to remove significant stains and can prove harmful to your teeth and gums.

The first step in the process of restoring your smile’s appearance is to schedule a whitening consultation with one of the dentists at Ronald C. Fuhrmann, DDS, A division of Atlantic Dental Care‘s Virginia Beach, Virginia clinic. Our highly-trained specialists have the training and experience to help you understand the safest option for removing stains that have set into your tooth enamel.

In many cases of significant dental staining, our dentists will recommend administering a dental bleaching treatment.

Before the bleach can be administered your dentist will need to take measures to protect your gums with a special gel or a rubber dam. Once this is done, a small amount of concentrated whitening agent will be poured into a special mouth-shaped tray. It will be held in your mouth, along with a suction wand, for a few minutes to allow the bleach with whitening deep into your tooth enamel.

Afterward, the dentist might use a special ultraviolet light for additional whitening in textures areas of tooth enamel.

In the future, you might want to cut back on certain foods and try drinking dark beverages through a straw. It might also help to brush your teeth with a whitening toothpaste to continue to remove surface stains before they get a chance to set in.

If you live in the Virginia Beach, Virginia area and you are suffering from a yellow-stained smile, you should call 757-716-7943 to schedule a dental bleaching treatment at Ronald C. Fuhrmann, DDS, A division of Atlantic Dental Care’s clinic.