Richmond, VA

Dental Whitening

Teeth whitening remains one of the most economical ways to enhance your smile.

Why did your teeth change color?

  • Coffee, tea and red wine consumption can do it. Color pigments in these liquids attach to the white, enamel part of your teeth.
  • Tobacco use –the tar and nicotine can turn into a yellowish, staining material.
  • Age-over time the outer layer (enamel) gets thinner and shows more of the yellowish dentin later.
  • Trauma-if you’ve been hit in the mouth your teeth may darken due to more dentin (which is yellow) being made by the teeth.
  • Medications –some antihistamines, high blood pressure and antipsychotics may darken your teeth. Chemotherapy and head and neck radiation can also darken teeth.
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Whitening does not help all discolored teeth. That is why it’s important to have a consultation with Dr. Hart first so that your goals can be properly met.

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