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Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you and it is a key to making a great first impression. If your smile has been dulled by dark foods and beverages or even occasional tobacco use, it can leave you feeling self-conscious in some of life’s most important social settings. There are several methods that can be used to whiten your smile. The one your dentist, Dr. Michael Dana, recommends will be based on the depth and severity of the stains.

Using a whitening toothpaste twice a day can help brighten minor stains on tooth enamel. This is also a convenient way to maintain your smile’s brightness after a dental bleaching treatment. However, it’s important to remember that the hydrogen peroxide concentration of whitening toothpaste can only brighten minor stains. This means it’s more effective at maintaining a smile that has already been professionally whitened.

Applying whitening strips to the teeth in your smile can also be a convenient way to remove minor surface stains. You simply apply them to your teeth as you go about your day. Since they are made of a clear, plastic material, the casual observer will struggle to even spot them.

You can also try using dental bleaching gel at home to improve moderate stains. Still, they will not be strong enough to improve deeply stained teeth or teeth that have been dulled by tobacco use.

To effectively whiten deeply stained teeth, you will need to have your dentist administer a dental bleaching treatment. These potent whitening agents can remove even the deepest stains from teeth. You can then maintain your white smile with retail whitening products like whitening toothpaste or whitening strips.

If you have a stained smile in Spearfish, South Dakota, you should call 605.642.7727 to schedule an appointment at Dana Dental Arts.