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A bright, white smile makes a good first impression and can say a lot about you. Unfortunately, there are a lot of things that can contribute to keeping our teeth from looking their very best. Age, tobacco use and the staining caused by foods and dark beverages can dull your smile. Depending on your goals, there are a few whitening options you can choose from.

Using a retail brand of tooth-whitening toothpaste is a popular option for dealing with teeth that have some minor surface stains. Unfortunately, the whitening compounds in whitening toothpaste simply aren’t strong enough to deal with teeth that have moderate to severe staining.

Teeth-whitening strips and bleaching gels have stronger concentrations of bleach or peroxide in them. Strips are applied directly to teeth for around 30 to 45 minutes. Many people like the strips because they can be worn anywhere and they are hard for the casual observer to notice.

Whitening gel is sometimes stronger than strips. The gel is poured into a tray that is inserted into the mouth for a specific period of time. You’ll want to use the gel at home where you can more easily remove excess gel from along the gum line with a cotton swab. The concentration of these bleaching products is stronger than whitening toothpaste, but they are not as strong as what is available to you at the dentist’s office.

The most effective way to get a bright, white smile is to get a tooth-bleaching treatment from your dentist. During the treatment, your dentist bleaches your teeth and gives you the smile you are looking for.

If you have questions about teeth whitening products or procedures, please feel free to call us at 713-909-0675 to schedule an appointment.