If your pearly whites are not so white anymore, you’re not alone. The food and drink you consume can stain your teeth, as can tobacco. The good news is that there are multiple options available to help get your teeth white again. Here is a look at some of them. Your dentist can help you determine which is the best choice to whiten your teeth.
Most dentists provide tooth whitening as part of the overall Happy Valley dental care they provide. In-office bleaching can typically be completed in a single visit. Your dentist can also provide an at-home bleaching kit for you to use. This consists of a custom tray and a bleaching solution. This option takes longer than in-office whitening but can be done when it’s convenient for you, at home. A typical whitening course may take just a few days, or up to a few weeks depending on the product.
Using a whitening toothpaste can help whiten teeth with polishing agents that remove stains on the tooth’s surface. These toothpastes do not contain any bleach, so they do not alter the color of the tooth itself, but they do remove surface stains more effectively than traditional toothpaste.
Drug stores and grocery stores sell various whitening strip options. These strips also contain a bleaching agent, but they are not as strong as what your dentist can provide. They do allow you to whiten your teeth without needing an appointment with your dentist and can be cost-effective. These products also are typically used over the course of a few weeks.
If you’d like to restore some of the bright whiteness your teeth used to have, there are plenty of options available, at various price points. Talk to your dentist about which would work best for you.