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How to Whiten Teeth – The Basics

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If your smile is duller than you’d like, you’re not alone. Almost everyone faces changes in tooth color eventually. Foods, beverages, personal habits, and even normal aging can cause tooth discoloration and yellowing that can diminish your self-confidence. Fortunately, you have many options for whitening your teeth, including affordable in-office professional teeth whitening treatments that deliver instant results, and inexpensive over-the-counter products for mild stains. Although there are a number of products available, there are only two basic techniques for whitening teeth.

Bleaching Teeth Whitening Method

Bleaching effectively removes surface stains and deep stains; it can make your teeth up to seven shades lighter. In-office professional whitening treatments rely on concentrated bleaching agents such as carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. Light-activated whitening treatments generally cost more, but they provide immediate results. Custom whitening trays created by your dentist whiten teeth at home over a period of several weeks; this option allows you to perform your own touch-ups when needed. Chairside whitening must be repeated when stains return.

You can purchase over-the-counter bleaching kits in a drugstore. They include boil-and-bite trays, brush-on whitening gels, and pre-treated strips. Do-it-yourself kits may help you save money, but they won’t give you the benefit of professional teeth whitening expertise. Your dentist knows how to whiten teeth evenly, and he or she can manage tooth sensitivity symptoms, which are common after the use of whitening products.

Abrasion Teeth Whitening Method

Abrasive products do not contain bleach; they remove most external stains with physical polishing agents or chemicals. Whitening toothpaste is an example of an abrasion tooth-whitening method. Professional dental cleanings also rely on abrasive action and polishing agents. Abrasion is generally effective for food and tobacco stains.

Consult Your Dentist in Abingdon to Learn More

Now that you understand how to whiten teeth in several different ways, it will be easier to discuss professional teeth whitening options with your dentist or dental hygienist. Your dental team is best equipped to determine which treatment types will work best for your teeth. If you have severe tooth discoloration that whitening procedures can’t correct, your dentist can offer other options such as veneers or bonding to give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Abingdon, call Dental One Associates of Bel Air today at (410) 698-1674 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Abingdon. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Bel Air, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Bel Air.

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