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If you look at your tooth enamel under a powerful microscope, you would see a series of tiny pores and textures on the surface. When particles from dark foods and beverages become trapped in these areas, they can slowly penetrate your teeth, leading to significant stains. The depth of the stains in your smile will directly influence the method needed to fully whiten your smile.

Adding a whitening toothpaste to your daily oral hygiene routine is a convenient way to brighten 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.

Whitening strips can be applied to your smile to whiten your teeth as you go about your day. The clear plastic makes it hard for the casual observer to even notice you’re wearing the strip. Just like whitening toothpaste, the topical hydrogen peroxide will only be strong enough to whiten minor surface stains.

Dental bleaching gel uses stronger concentrations of whitening agents than whitening toothpaste and strips. To use them, you will pour a small amount of the whitening gel into the provided tray and will hold it in your mouth for a set amount of time.

Having your dentist, Dr. Scott Barnett, administer a professional dental bleaching treatment will safely eradicate the stains from deep within your tooth enamel. Then you can easily maintain your smile by using whitening toothpaste or whitening strips.

If you are struggling with a stained smile, you should call Pell City Dental Center PC at 205-884-2370 to understand your whitening options in Pell City, Alabama.