I think we all appreciate a bright white smile. It makes a good first impression and says a lot about you. The degree of staining and the primary cause will greatly determine what teeth whitening products or procedures are right for you.
You should always consult your dentist before starting any tooth whitening regimen. Your regular dental checkup includes a cleaning and polishing procedure that removes minor surface stains.
If you enjoy foods and drinks that are known to cause staining or you use tobacco occasionally your teeth can quickly develop minor surface stains.
If your teeth have to moderate surface stains or you simply have not been satisfied with your results from whitening strips or toothpaste, you might want to try using a whitening gel. Most Whitening gels use carbamide peroxide or concentrated hydrogen peroxide as the primary whitening agent.
You simply pour a little of the gel into the bleaching tray and insert it into your mouth for half an hour. If any excess gel gets on your gums you should remove it immediately with a clean cotton swab. The gel can irritate the gum tissues.
However if you have deeply stained teeth you may want to try our in-office tooth bleaching procedure. The concentration of bleaching agents in our procedure is the most effective way to remove stains from your teeth.
If you have questions about teeth whitening strips or you are curious about other tooth whitening options, please feel free to call us at (847) 378-1644 to schedule an appointment.