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Teeth Whitening Strips – Are They Effective?

If you’re looking for a whiter smile, then over-the-counter teeth whitening strips are probably one of the first things you’ll reach for.

What results can you anticipate from an over-the-counter product? Are whitening strips worth a try?

What to Expect

Whitening strips use peroxide to bleach out surface stains. They should be applied to clean, dry teeth. They stick in place after you fold them on, and you just wait for the amount of time recommended on the packaging before removing them. The bleaching chemical helps lift light stains. Regular use of these strips can help you to keep new stain from accumulating.

The Disadvantages

Not everyone who tries teeth whitening strips is impressed with them. Here are some downsides to using these one-size-fits-some products:

  • Possible gum irritation from the peroxide
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Not as powerful as professional whitening
  • Can take a long time to see results

The Whitening Routine That Works for You

In short, teeth whitening strips are effective, but they don’t guarantee instant and dramatic results. It’s perfectly fine to start out with over-the-counter products to see how they work out. Go ahead and experiment! It will take a little time and patience to find out which products will get you the results you want.

See how they feel and if they’re effective enough for the results that you need. You can simply stop if they bother you, and move on to professional products if you want stronger results. This treatment is reversible and you’re in complete control!

Visit your dentist for a whitening consultation to help you set reasonable cosmetic goals. You’ll also get professional advice on which technique will have the greatest impact.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000


3 Ways to Brighten Your Smile

Posted in Teeth Whitening

When folks think of improving their smile, color is usually the main concern. That’s only natural – a bright smile tends to be associated with health, youth, and beauty.

If you’re unhappy with the color of your teeth, what can you do about it?

Here are a few ways you can lighten them up:

Prevent Stain Buildup

Teeth darken with time as a result of being exposed to foods that heavily stain.

Foods such as:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Red wine
  • Tomato sauce

…are notorious for leaving dark pigments deep in the pores of your tooth enamel. You can slow down the buildup of dark stain by reducing your consumption of such food items.

You can also fight against stain by brushing and rinsing often.

Choose a toothpaste that contains a mild abrasive for stain-scrubbing. Rinsing your mouth with tap water after eating and drinking can also flush out the pigments before they settle in.

But what if your staining goes even deeper than this?

Professional Bleaching

A professional tooth whitening treatment is the most effective way to change the color of your teeth. Professional-strength bleaching agents are safely applied to reach deep within tooth enamel and zap the dark stain.

Veneers for Instant Effect

Want to see faster and longer lasting results?

Veneers are false fronts that give your front teeth an instant boost. These are often porcelain or resin shells that neatly replace a slim layer of your tooth. Placing veneers across your top front teeth will give them a uniform appearance, that’s even and bright. You can actually choose the shade you like best!

Discover your smile’s best look by visiting your local dentist for a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Definition Dental
12850 SW Canyon Rd
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 644-8900


Is Teeth Whitening Dangerous?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

If not done correctly, teeth whitening can cause some discomfort. On the whole, it is a safe procedure with no permanent effects. If done the right way, teeth whitening is a great way to give your smile that pick-me-up it’s been needing.

Where do you need to be careful when bleaching your teeth?


Teeth whitening is often achieved by bleaching the teeth chemically. The strong chemicals used in bleaching penetrate the pores of the enamel and remove stain embedded deep within. When this happens, your sensitive inner dentin layer is more exposed to the oral environment. This makes them more sensitive!

Teeth with:

  • Gum recession
  • Enamel abrasion
  • Active decay
  • A history of sensitivity

…will probably be very sensitive to whitening ingredients, as well. It is typical to feel a little sensitive after a bleaching course, but any whitening product left on the teeth for too long will result in increased sensitivity. Consult your dentist for directions on safe use of whitening products.

Children and Whitening

Even at-home whitening products may be too intense for baby teeth. It’s generally recommended to wait until your child is around 15 years of age before they begin whitening. Some children may not be able to responsibly use whitening products and run the risk of choking on them or leaving them on too long.

Enjoy Safe and Effective Whitening!

The safest way to lighten the color of your teeth is to talk with your local dentist about your options. Depending on the condition of your teeth, whitening may not be a safe and comfortable treatment, at this time. Before starting an at-home or professional whitening regimen, you should schedule an appointment with your dental office for a smile evaluation.

Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 973-8222


DIY Whitening Dangers

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Everyone wants to have bright, sparkly teeth.  Some people want quick, inexpensive results and they are tempted to try some “do it yourself” remedies.  What they don’t realize is how potentially harmful these home remedies can be.

These are some of the dangers of “DIY” Whitening:

Harmful to your Enamel– Two of the most common ingredients used at home to whiten teeth are baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.  Baking soda is very abrasive and if overused, it can cause a condition called tooth abrasion where it causes the enamel to wear down.  If not used properly, both baking soda and hydrogen peroxide can also cause erosion of the enamel which can cause pain with sweets or temperature changes of food.

Damage to your Gums- If hydrogen peroxide is used in high concentrations, it will not only be harmful to your enamel, but it can also be very harmful and damaging to your gums as well.  If there is damage to the gums from improper use of these products, it can make the gums more susceptible to infections.

Incorrect Directions– Many times, people giving DIY whitening instructions have very little to no training in dentistry.  As a result, they may not be giving correct instructions since they don’t realize the potential dangers of DIY whitening methods.

If you have tried these methods and you are noticing some of these uncomfortable symptoms, call and make an appointment with your dentist right away.  If you are interested in whitening your teeth, contact your dentist.  It is much safer to consult with your dentist before trying any “DIY” dental remedy on your own.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618


How White is “Too White” for My Smile?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Thinking about whitening your teeth, getting dental veneers or just having a complete smile makeover made? Most likely, you want to go for a movie star white that turns heads and looks great all of the time. With so many shades of white to choose from, how can you pick one that looks natural, beautiful, and not too white?

Use the Shade Guide

There are literally dozens of shades of white when it comes to tooth enamel. Your dentist will have a shade guide to record your current tooth color and for you to see what the new colors could look like.

Look Through Magazines

Do you already have something in mind as far as how you want your new teeth to look? Try looking through magazines and bringing a few in with you to show to your dentist! Let your dentist know what looks good in your opinion, as well as what does not.

Use Natural Light

Your teeth look different when you are in natural light. Step outside or next to the window to get a better idea of what the tooth color will look like once you leave the dental office. 

Ask Your Dentist

Your dentist has transformed thousands of teeth and is the expert when it comes to selecting the right shade of tooth enamel. They are your primary guide when it comes to choosing how your new smile should look. Using your facial characteristics, skin tone and preferences are usually all your dentist needs to pick the right “white” for you.

The perfect white will most likely have just a hint of undertones. While it may look discolored on a shade guide, it can look amazing in your mouth!

Posted on behalf of:
Pacific Sky Dental
6433 Mission St
Daly City, CA 94014
(650) 353-3130


In-Office Whitening vs. Custom Whitening Trays

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Which professional whitening methods are more effective: in-office treatments or take-home trays? This an important question for anyone who is serious about having a whiter smile. Let’s get you started on figuring out the best option by considering some of the benefits of both options.

In-Office Whitening for the Time-Conscious Adult

In-office professional teeth whitening is typically done in a single spa-like setting. You get to relax with protective lenses on your eyes while the whitening material is activated by a special light. Your gums are also protected from the concentrated whitening gel with another protective material. In-office whitening is done as needed, is well-supervised, and gets the job done at one time.

Custom Whitening Trays Give You Control

Take-home whitening trays are designed from impressions we take of your mouth at the initial appointment. When your trays are ready, we check their fit against your bite and show you how to use and care for them so that you get the most out of them. Whitening trays that your use at home allows you to control how white your teeth are. The trays are worn for only a short period, each day. If your teeth or gums are a little sensitive to the whitening gel, you can cut back. We are always available to make suggestions for altering the way you use your whitening trays.

Both means of brightening your smile have proven to be very effective. The bottom line is that you and our dentist have to decide together which method will best suit your preferences and lifestyle. Schedule a consultation with our office to get started on achieving that white smile of your dreams!

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955


Top 4 Stain-Causing Beverages

Stain can be a frustrating thing to deal with. Dental staining can make your teeth look aged and unhealthy and cause you to lose confidence in your smile. Learning what the primary causes of stain are and how to combat staining can help you to maintain a clean and sparkling smile.

Where Does Stain Come From?

Your teeth are very porous. This means that they have microscopic channels all over their surface. where stain can accumulate. These teeth are prone to absorbing pigment from dark-colored foods and drinks. Even small ridges in the surface of a tooth can collect stain over time.

The Chief Causes

Stain is often caused by common beverages like:

  • Coffee
  • Red Wine
  • Soda
  • Tea

These drinks all contain strong dark pigments and when your teeth are frequently exposed to them, stain will build up. You might start to think twice about that 3rd cup of coffee in the morning!

What Can Be Done to Fight Stain?

Many people first try out products such as whitening toothpastes, which are advertised to provide cosmetic benefits. These may help some individuals to prevent further stain buildup, but don’t easily remove the stain that is already embedded deep within the tooth enamel. Also, the products in whitening toothpastes are often abrasive to the teeth or harsh to the gums and are more likely to cause sensitivity than they are to effectively whiten.

You can also prevent stain from accumulating by drinking your favorite beverages through a straw.

Deep stain that rests in grooves and ridges of teeth can easily be removed with the specialized tools used by your hygienist during a professional dental cleaning. The deeper stain can only be lifted with professional tooth whitening treatments.

Schedule a smile evaluation with your dentist to find out how you can erase long-term stain from your smile!

Posted on behalf of:
Marbella Dentistry
791 FM 1103 #119
Cibolo, TX 78108
(210) 504-2655


At-Home Teeth Whiteners – Do They Work? Are They Safe?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Almost everyone wants a whiter smile and those who do probably want it now. Using over-the-counter teeth whitening products seems like the fastest way to start seeing results. There are so many products out there, however. You may well wonder whether any are truly effective and safe and how they compare with in-office whitening procedures.

Safety Concerns

For starters, at-home whiteners are safe when used by capable adults or teenagers. Children generally should not whiten. There is virtually no risk of danger within the first few uses. There are some concerns that exist in regard to the frequency of use of these whiteners.

If you simply start using these products without consulting professional assistance, then you may be apt to use them more frequently than you should. Some whiteners use abrasives to buff out stain, but these abrasives can damage the enamel and cause sensitivity. Many others use ingredients that can irritate the gums with prolonged exposure.

All office-supervised whitening procedures, on the other hand, are designed to be minimal yet effective, protect the gums, and be adjusted according to individual need.

Are They Really Effective?

Over-the-counter whitening products cannot penetrate the tooth to access stain deep within tooth enamel. They use a lower concentration of whitening ingredients so you may feel the need to use more to see results. The problem is that the more you use, the more you risk irritating your teeth or gums. However, a professional grade whitening gel can work quickly and more effectively.

Many dental offices offer professional teeth whitening as well as personalized suggestions for maintaining a stellar smile. Ask your dentist about a consultation for brightening your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Springhurst Hills Dentistry
10494 Westport Rd Suite 107
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 791-8358


How to Maintain Your White Smile at Home

Posted in Teeth Whitening

So – you’ve finally done it. You had your teeth professionally whitened. Now that your smile is brighter and whiter than it has ever been before, what can you do to make sure that it stays that way?

Touch Up Regularly

Regular maintenance is the best way to keep your teeth white. However, you don’t have to use your whitening trays and gel as long as you did during your initial whitening treatment. Simply touch up once a day for 3 to 4 days at a time. Some people (such as those who smoke, drink coffee or are more prone to stain) will need to apply the gel as often as every 2 to 3 months. Other people may not need to touch up except every 4 to 6 months. 

Have Your Teeth Cleaned Every 6 Months

Larger stain and tartar particles aren’t going to come off with a few touch-up treatments. Having your teeth professionally cleaned will give you a blank slate. Touching up after your regular cleanings is one of the best ways to keep your smile bright. Your hygienist will scale away any tartar and polish off superficial layers of stain that are difficult to penetrate. 

Keep Your Whitening Gel in the Refrigerator

Did you know that if your whitening gel is stored in a cool area that it will be more effective once you go to use it? Keeping the gel in a warm, moist location – such as a bathroom – will make the gel become inactive much more quickly.

Keeping your teeth white isn’t as hard as you may have thought it would be. Follow these easy steps to experience a bright smile for years!

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000


Getting the Most from Your Home Whitening Trays

Posted in Teeth Whitening

You just received your first customized set of whitening trays – congratulations! Or, perhaps you are just lately considering giving home whitening trays a try. Either way, you’ll benefit from a consideration of some important reminders.

How to Use the Trays Properly

Before use, make sure your tray is clean and dry. When finished whitening, brush out your trays with water and a toothbrush. Make sure the trays are thoroughly dried and stored in a safe place you won’t forget about. Have your dentist check the fit of your trays on a regular basis. If you have dental work done such as crowns, veneers, or even orthodontia, then the trays won’t fit as they used to.

The Perfect Application

Your teeth should be brushed and flossed prior to whitening for optimum effect. Less is more when it comes to placing the gel. Only a small dot needs to be placed on the surfaces of the tray that are in contact with the front of the tooth. Overfilling the trays can result oozing and waste of the gel, and is more likely to cause gum-irritation.

Don’t Forget!

The frequency of use of your whitening system depends upon the manufacturer. Make sure you understand from your dentist what the recommended usage is. Don’t freeze gel that you are not using, but it is okay to store the gel in the refrigerator to prolong its shelf-life. Always keep the gel and trays out of reach of children and pets!

Talk to your dentist today about whitening options available to you!

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

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