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Dark stains on your teeth from things like tobacco use, dark foods and drinks can leave you with an unappealing smile. The depth and degree of staining on the teeth in your smile will go a long way towards determining which whitening products and procedures are called for to effectively whiten your smile.
It’s a good idea to talk to Dr. Natalya Ramsay before starting any whitening routine. Here at Evans Street Dental Center, we are trained to help you understand the products and procedures that can brighten you smile while also being mindful of your long term oral health.
Whitening toothpaste can help to mitigate minor surface stains on teeth, between your regular dental checkups. Unfortunately, the concentration of peroxide whitening agents, are simply not strong enough to effectively whiten moderate or deeply stained teeth.
Whitening strips are convenient to use. All you have to do is apply them to the teeth in your smile for half an hour at a time. While you are wearing them you will need to avoid eating, drinking and using tobacco products.
Dental bleaching gels that are sold over the counter have stronger concentrations of whitening agents than whitening toothpaste or strips. You simply pour a small amount of gel into the set of bleaching trays provided and hold them in your mouth. You should remove any excess gel from the gums with a cotton swab, before it can irritate gum tissues.
Deeply stained teeth and tobacco stains usually require more potent measures. You should talk to your dentist 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 would like to explore your whitening options, please call us here at Evans Street Dental Center at 503-472-1402 to schedule an appointment.