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Many people feel that a bright, white smile says a lot about them, especially when making a positive first impression. Over time things like age, tobacco use, foods and dark beverages can dull our smile. There are a few options available to you for whitening your teeth.

Tooth polishing during your dental cleaning can help remove some minor surface stains. However, if you have moderate stains on some of your teeth, you might choose to use teeth-whitening strips. It’s a good idea to talk to your dentist before starting any tooth-whitening regimen.

Using teeth-whitening strips is one of the more common options for dealing with teeth that have some minor to moderate surface stains. Most brands use a topical form of hydrogen peroxide to help whiten teeth. The amount of time you will wear the strips will vary depending on the manufacturer. Most treatments only call for around 30 minutes per day. Be sure to thoroughly read the directions before using.

Be sure to avoid any tobacco use while you have the strips in your mouth. While tobacco use counteracts whitening, it can also damage the strips and cause damage to your gum line.

When selecting a particular brand, be sure to look for a brand that has earned the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. This seal insures that the ADA has researched and tested the product for safety and effectiveness.

If you have questions about using teeth-whitening strips, or if you are curious about other teeth-whitening options, please feel free to call us at 601-922-0056 to schedule an appointment.