No matter what the cause of your discoloration, teeth whitening can help restore your smile to its former bright white brilliance.
Whiten at Home
There are several options for over the counter whitening products that you can pick up at your local pharmacy or grocery store. Most brands of toothpaste carry a whitening variety, which contains abrasives to scrub away surface stains.
Another popular option is whitening strips. These strips are placed over the teeth and left for a set amount of time. They contain low levels of bleach that help to penetrate more stubborn stains. At home whitening products are a good option if you have minor stains.
Professional WhiteningFor more difficult, set-in stains, at home products may not be able to cut it. Fortunately, your dentist most likely offers professional whitening services. One is an in-office whitening procedure that takes only one visit. Your dentist will apply a bleaching agent, which is much stronger than the bleach found in whitening strips, and use a special blue light to enhance the agent's action.
Your other option is whitening trays. Your dentist will take molds of your mouth to create custom trays and provide you with a bleaching agent to take home, allowing you to whiten on your own time.
Getting the Most Out of Your WhiteningWhitening is not a permanent solution. Without maintenance, your teeth are at risk for becoming discolored again. Therefore, it is imperative that you take care of your beautifully white teeth to get the most out of the whitening.
Avoid, or at least limit, foods and beverages that can cause stains. Drink staining beverages through a straw. Drink water after eating, or after drinking anything that can stain your teeth. Finally, brush and floss your teeth regularly.
Whitening your teeth is an easy way to get back your beautiful smile. In order to get the best results, choose a whitening option that best meets your needs and make sure to take the steps necessary to maintain it.
Please contact our office if you have any questions about teeth whitening.