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Everyone wants a brighter and whiter smile. A nice smile can get you noticed and can give you a boost of self-confidence.

There are a multitude of mouthwashes and toothpastes on the market that can whiten your teeth. And there is no shortage of kits, strips and other products that claim to do the job. However, not every retail treatment will work well for every person. Before you add anything to your dental hygiene regimen, you should talk with Dr. Cathy Fermelia first.

The whitening treatment available at your dentist’s office is guaranteed to be safe and effective. Also known as a chairside treatment, your dentist will first coat your gums with protective gel or cover them with rubber before applying a gel that contains peroxide. This bleaching solution will penetrate below the surface your teeth to break up the stains and make them unnoticeable. The process may take several applications, but you notice a difference after the first treatment. Your dentist can also give you a kit to use at home to supplement the chairside treatments.

Your teeth can still be stained by certain foods and drinks, and you will need to brush twice a day and floss before bed to maintain their color and keep them healthy.

If your smile could stand a little improvement, Dr. Fermelia will be happy to help. If you live in the Lakewood, Colorado area, you can make an appointment at Academy Park Dental Assoc. at 303-987-2121. We look forward to helping you have a brilliant smile!