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There are many things that can cause stains to develop in the enamel of the teeth in your smile. Stain enamel can be caused by the natural processes of aging, tobacco use of simply enjoying dark food and drinks, on a regular basis. How deeply the stains penetrate the enamel of your teeth will determine The particular whitening product and procedure needed to give you effectively whiten your smile.

You should talk to Dr. Kevin Oakes before starting any whitening program. It’s important to find a whitening program that will meet your teeth whitening goals, while preserving good long term oral health.

Many people like to use whitening toothpaste as part of their oral hygiene routine. Whitening toothpaste is a simple way to reduce minor surface stains between your dental cleanings. However, the hydrogen peroxide concentration of whitening toothpaste can only brighten minor stains. If the teeth in your smile have moderate or deep stains they will need stronger whitening measures.

Whitening strips are popular and convenient, because you can apply them to your teeth and they will whiten minor stains while you are on the go. As long as the strips are in your mouth, you need to avoid eating, drinking and using tobacco.

Dental bleaching gel offers stronger concentrations of whitening agents compared to whitening toothpaste or strips. You simply pour a small amount of gel into bleaching trays and hold them in your mouth to brighten moderately stained teeth.

Deep stains on tooth enamel can rarely be whitened by retail level products. Dr. Kevin Oakes offers a dental bleaching procedure that safely and effectively whitens deeply stained teeth.

If you would like to explore your whitening options, please call us at 301-663-5552 to schedule an appointment.