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It’s officially spring, and with temperatures rising and flowers blooming, there’s a lot to be happy about. And what better way to spread the joy than with a bright, vibrant smile? If you are interested in whitening treatments, there are a variety of home or in-office options to explore.

Toothpastes: Of course you have good brushing habits, but not all toothpastes are created equal. Some contain chemical or polishing agents that can remove mild stains that have built up over time. They do not change the color of teeth, however, as they only work on a surface level.

Whitening Strips: Many people like using whitening strips for their ease of use and mobility. These contain a peroxide whitener that penetrates deeper than most toothpastes.

Home Bleaching: Home bleaching products are typically a gel that is placed in a tray that fits around your teeth. In this case, as with whitening strips, the bleaching agent is not as powerful or concentrated as you would find in a dentist’s office.

In-Office Bleaching: Finally, we offer a safe and highly-effective bleaching treatment in our office. While protecting your gums, a strong bleach is applied directly to the teeth. It is not painful and results are typically achieved in one visit.

You should be aware that due to the large variety of staining and teeth conditions, whiteners do not work on all teeth. In addition, some patients experience heightened sensitivity in their teeth for a time. Overusing home whiteners may also damage your teeth. For these reasons, we encourage you to contact our office for a consultation about how to best achieve your whitening goals.