Understanding Your Options for Whitening Your Smile

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A smile that has been stained by dark foods and beverages, tobacco use or the general passage of time, can leave you feeling self-conscious. Many people in a situation like this will turn to Derby Family Dentistry’s team of dentists to help understand their options for regaining or maintaining a white smile.

Brushing your teeth with a whitening toothpaste is a popular and convenient way to brighten minor surface stains. Just keep in mind that the concentration of whitening agents in whitening toothpaste, simply aren’t potent enough to brighten moderate to deeply stained teeth.

Whitening strips are also popular and convenient because you can apply them while you’re on the go. The clear plastic makes it hard for the casual observer to even notice you’re wearing them. Just like whitening toothpaste the topical hydrogen peroxide will only be strong enough to whiten minor surface stains.

Whitening gels use stronger concentrations of whitening agents than whitening toothpaste or strips. To use them, you pour a small amount of the whitening gel into the provided trays and hold them your mouth for a set amount of time.

If your teeth are deeply stained, or you use tobacco, you will need Derby Family Dentistry’s dental bleaching treatment to effectively whiten your teeth.

If your teeth suffer from staining issues, you should call Derby Family Dentistry’s office in Derby, Kansas at 316-788-4000 to explore your whitening options.