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Maintaining a white and youthful-looking smile over the years can be challenging. The natural processes of aging can dull the luster of your teeth. At the same time, dental stains can develop when consuming dark foods and beverages and using tobacco. In a situation like this, a whitening consultation at Smiles of Distinction can help you find the most effective way to safely restore your white smile.

Brushing your teeth each evening with a retail brand of whitening toothpaste is a convenient way of brightening minor surface stains. Just keep in mind that the concentration of whitening agents in whitening toothpaste aren’t potent enough to brighten moderate to deeply stained teeth.

You might want to also apply whitening strips to the teeth in your smile to remove occasional surface stains. The clear, plastic material makes it hard for the casual observer to even notice you’re wearing them. Just like whitening toothpaste, the topical hydrogen peroxide will only be strong enough to whiten minor surface stains.

It’s important to always look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance when searching for a retail whitening product. This signifies that the product has passed rigorous tests and has been approved for safe oral hygiene use.

A retail-grade dental bleaching gel uses stronger concentrations of whitening agents superior to those found in whitening toothpaste or strips. Using them involves pouring a small amount of the whitening gel into the provided tray and holding it in your mouth for a set amount of time. These gels can cause significant irritation to your gums, so you need to be especially careful during self-administration.

Having Dr. Bartholemew Schultz administer a professional dental bleaching treatment is the safest and most effective method for removing stains that have penetrated deep into the tooth enamel. Dr. Bartholemew Schultz can then help you identify the causes of your stains or determine a plan for maintaining your white smile in the future.

If you live in the Savage, Minnesota, area and you need help whitening your smile, you should call 952-894-2545 to schedule a whitening consultation with Dr. Bartholemew Schultz.