An Overview of Tooth Whitening Products and Procedures

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The natural processes of aging along with factors like tobacco use, staining foods and drink can cause unappealing stains on your teeth. How deeply stained your teeth are will directly influence the whitening products or procedures needed to give you a bright, white smile.

Make sure you talk to your dentist before starting any tooth whitening program. They are trained to help you find the right products or procedures for bright white smile you’ve always wanted.

Many people choose to use whitening toothpaste to deal with teeth with minor stains. Just keep in mind that the concentration of peroxide whitening agents in these toothpaste brands are not strong enough to affect moderate or deeply stained teeth.

Whitening strips are a popular and convenient way to brighten your smile on the go. They have slightly stronger concentrations of topical peroxide than whitening toothpaste. You will need to avoid drinking, eating and using tobacco products while you are wearing them.

Bleaching gels have stronger concentrations of whitening agents than whitening toothpaste and strips. You should apply the gel by pouring a small amount into trays that are then inserted in the mouth. Remove any excess gel from the gums with a cotton swab.

Deeply stained teeth often cannot be fully whitened by retail level whitening products. Instead you should ask about a dental tooth bleaching procedure. The concentration of bleaching agents in this procedure make it the most effective way to get a bright white smile.

If you have questions about teeth whitening products or procedures, please feel free to call us at 205-979-8070 to schedule an appointment.