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If your teeth have dulled and developed stains from dark foods, beverage or tobacco use, you might be interested in exploring your whitening options. The degree of staining on your teeth and the primary cause will go a long way towards determining which whitening products and procedures will be needed to meet your whitening goals.

Make sure you talk to your dentist before starting any whitening routine. They are trained to help you understand the products and procedures that will best improve your smile and long term oral health.

Using whitening toothpaste as part of your regular oral hygiene routine, is a common first step for mitigating minor surface stains on teeth. However, the concentration of peroxide whitening agents in whitening toothpaste will not be able to reduce moderate or deep stains on your teeth.

Before selecting a particular brand of whitening toothpaste, you should look for the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. The seal represents that the toothpaste has been researched and tested for safety and effectiveness.

Unfortunately, if you have moderately to deeply stained teeth the concentration of peroxide whitening agents will not be strong enough to remove the stains. In a situation like this you should talk to your dentist about a dental tooth bleaching procedure. The concentration of whitening agents in the procedure are stronger than anything available on the retail level.

If you have questions or would like to explore your whitening options, please feel free to call us at 503-235-7181 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you have the bright, white smile you’ve always wanted.