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A smile that has been stained by time and the consumption of dark foods and beverages can make you feel awkward in social situations. There are a number of different methods for whitening your smile, but the severity of your tooth enamel stains will directly dictate which treatment is best for you.

Using a whitening toothpaste to brush your teeth is a popular and convenient way to brighten minor surface stains. Just keep in mind that the concentration of whitening agents in whitening toothpaste isn’t potent enough to brighten moderate to deeply stained teeth.

Whitening strips are also popular and convenient because you can apply them on the go. The clear plastic makes it hard for the casual observer to see. Just like whitening toothpaste, the topical hydrogen peroxide will only be strong enough to whiten minor surface stains.

Dental bleaching gel employs a significantly stronger concentration of whitening agents than whitening toothpaste or strips. To use it, you will pour a small amount of the whitening gel into the provided trays and you will hold them in your mouth for a certain amount of time.

If your teeth are deeply stained, or if you use tobacco, you will need Dr. Todd S. Resek and Howard C. Nader’s dental bleaching treatment to fully whiten your smile.

If your teeth suffer from stains, you should call Oakmont Family Dentists at 412-828-3311 to get a better understanding of the whitening method that is best for you. Your dentist in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, will be happy to help you!