Your tooth enamel has microscopic textures where small staining particles and residue can adhere. If they are not removed on a daily basis, they can slowly start to penetrate the enamel layer, setting the stains in deeply. The depth of the stains on your teeth will directly influence the whitening products or treatment that our dentists suggest.
Wearing whitening strips may be a convenient way for active individuals to whiten minor stains on their teeth as they go about their day. You simply apply them to your teeth to whiten minor stains without being noticeable to the casual observer. These strips are essentially a clear sheet of plastic treated with a topical form of hydrogen peroxide. You will need to avoid drinking, eating and using tobacco while the strips are in your mouth.
However, the concentration of topical hydrogen peroxide used as the primary whitening agent is only strong enough to brighten minor stains on your teeth. To whiten more significant stains, you will need to have our dentists perform a dental bleaching treatment. This will safely and effectively whiten even the darkest stained teeth. You can then maintain your smile’s whiteness and luster with whitening strips.
If you have stained teeth in your smile, please call our experienced team in Appleton, Wisconsin at 920.739.9612 to explore your whitening options. Drs. Paul and Faith Tetting are happy to work with you to determine the right type of whitening treatment to achieve a confident smile!