What Is the Best Way to Whiten Your Teeth?

What Is the Best Way to Whiten Your Teeth?

If you’ve been looking for solutions to transform dull, discolored teeth, you are not alone. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, when asked what they wanted to change most about their smile, most people opted for whiter teeth. High Street Dentistry is pleased to offer teeth whitening treatments to whiten your smile several shades in just one office visit!

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

As the years go by, repeated exposure to dark foods and drinks, like berries, coffee, and red wine, can lead to teeth staining and discoloration. Other factors that can contribute to dull, discolored teeth include smoking, the natural aging process, trauma, certain illnesses, and the use of some medications. 

Teeth whitening typically involves applying carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide to your tooth surfaces. The bleaching agents release oxygen molecules that penetrate the enamel and dentin layers, breaking down the stain molecules and making them smaller and less visible. The result? Whiter teeth and a brighter smile. 

Teeth whitening is highly effective for most teeth stains, especially dull, yellow teeth resulting from exposure to dark-colored foods or tobacco products. However, gray or brown discoloration caused by trauma or the use of medications may not produce the desired results. Moreover, whitening will not work on dental restorations like tooth-colored fillings or dental crowns. 

If you are not a candidate for teeth whitening, Dr. Jones may recommend an alternative cosmetic dentistry procedure like cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneers

Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Products

There are many whitening products available for purchase over the counter. These include peroxide-based whitening strips, gels, and do-it-yourself whitening kits. There are also whitening toothpastes containing mild abrasives that remove surface stains. 

While store-bought products can sometimes whiten your teeth, it may take a long time to see any results. Moreover, some products may contain harsh chemicals or abrasives that can cause irreversible damage to your teeth and gums and lead to tooth sensitivity. For the safest and most effective teeth results, it’s best to trust a dental professional to care for your teeth whitening needs. 

Professional Teeth Whitening for Unmatched Results

In-office whitening, also known as chairside bleaching, is one of the fastest ways to transform your smile. The procedure involves placing a protective shield over your gums and applying a whitening gel onto your tooth surfaces. We may also use a special light to enhance the whitening process. Just one office treatment can leave you with a smile several shades whiter and brighter. 

If you would rather have your teeth whitened at home, we are happy to offer custom home bleaching kits, including peroxide-based whitening gel and custom trays made to the specifications of your smile. You’ll place some gel in your home teeth whitening trays and wear them several hours a day for a week or two to achieve your desired results.  

Teeth whitening has been shown to be safe under the care of a dental professional. You may experience mild tooth sensitivity, which should soon subside.

Teeth Whitening Near Me in Jefferson City, MO

Contact High Street Dentistry to learn more about whitening and brightening your smile. Our safe and highly effective teeth whitening solutions will have you in a smile you love before you know it! We invite you to call us at (573) 636-7432 to schedule your appointment or request one online today!