All About Your Over-the-Counter Whitening Options

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Do you have a dull, yellow smile? If so, it’s time to cosmetically enhance your teeth with a whitening treatment! Fortunately, there are many over-the-counter whitening treatments that can brighten your smile within the walls of your own home.

The first treatment is using whitening toothpaste. Whitening toothpaste has gentle and effective polishing agents that have stain removal characteristics. The paste will typically have carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide that can whiten the surfaces of your teeth.

The second treatment is using whitening strips. Whitening strips are thin and almost invisible, which makes it difficult for the casual observer to notice you have them in your mouth. They are covered in peroxide-based whitening gel that can enhance the dark color of your teeth. All you need to do is place a whitening strip over your teeth twice a day for 30 minutes each time. Within about two weeks, you should be able to see the white smile results you’re looking for.

The third treatment is using whitening gel. Whitening gel is a clear, peroxide-based liquid that you can apply to your chompers with a little brush. Each treatment will have specific instructions for giving you the white, bright, and healthy smile you deserve, so make sure you follow those instructions so you keep your smile protected during treatment.

Now, it’s important to remember that these products can only whiten minor surface stains on your teeth. If you have deep, set-in stains, you need to talk to Dr. Michael Scholes about a professional whitening teeth bleaching treatment. To do so, call Scholes Family Dental at 208-667-1578 today. Our dental team will be happy to help you whiten your smile in Couer d'Alene, Idaho!