In-Home And Professional Teeth Whitening Methods

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If you have superficial stains on your teeth, teeth whitening methods can help. Also called extrinsic dental stains, superficial dental stains can be effectively treated with a number of different whitening options. In addition to superficial stains, your teeth may look discolored as a result of acid erosion. When your tooth enamel becomes eroded or thin, it may become transparent. When this happens, your dentin, which is dark yellow, may show through, causing your teeth to appear stained. Here are some in-home and professional teeth whitening methods to consider which will help brighten your smile.

In-Home Teeth Whitening Methods

Maintaining a good oral health routine such as brushing and flossing regularly is the basis for an effective teeth whitening plan. Brushing your teeth with baking soda or a tooth whitening toothpaste helps eliminate superficial stains, however, they may not be as effective for stubborn stains as other methods. In addition, using an electric toothbrush may also remove stains better than a manual toothbrush. Over-the-counter whitening strips and bleach trays can help whiten your teeth several shades lighter or more.

While they are effective methods of teething whitening, whitening strips and bleaching trays may cause mild dental sensitivity in certain people, especially if the product stays on the teeth for longer than the recommended time. If you still experience dental sensitivity when eating or drinking hot and cold foods and beverages, see your dentist.

Professional In-Office Methods

For more stubborn stains or more dramatic results, consider a professional in-office method of dental whitening from your dentist. Laser whitening is a procedure where a bleaching agent is applied to your teeth. A special laser light is then directed to your teeth to activate the bleaching agent so that the whitening process can begin.

The bleaching product that is used in your dentist's office is typically stronger than the bleaching agents in over-the-counter teeth whitening products, and therefore, may provide more dramatic results. The laser bleaching process takes about an hour or so and the results can last for months and even up to a few years. In addition to laser bleaching, getting regular professional teeth cleanings can also help remove stains and keep your teeth and gums healthy. 

If you have stains on your teeth, consider the above teeth whitening methods. In combination with good in-home oral care and visiting your dentist on a regular basis, teeth whitening can give you the beautiful smile that you have always dreamed of.