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Your tooth enamel is made up of densely packed microscopic mineral crystals. At the same time, certain compounds can stick to your teeth and over time can permeate the microscopic spaces in the enamel, causing stains. Stains on teeth in your smile can leave you self-conscious about your smile and wanting to explore your whitening options.

It’s a good idea to talk to Dr. Schuman before starting a new whitening regimen. Our highly trained dental professionals have the knowledge and experience to help you select the safest and most effective whitening products and procedures to meet your whitening goals.

Whitening toothpaste is a popular addition to many people’s oral hygiene routine. Just keep in mind that the hydrogen peroxide concentration of whitening toothpaste can only brighten minor stains.

Whitening strips are popular and convenient with many people. You simply apply them to your teeth and they will whiten minor stains while you are on the go. As long as the strips are in your mouth, you need to avoid eating, drinking and using tobacco. Just like whitening toothpaste, the concentration of whitening agents is only strong enough to address minor stains on teeth.

Dental bleaching gel offers stronger concentrations of whitening agents compared to whitening toothpaste or strips. You simply pour a small amount of gel into bleaching trays and hold them in your mouth to brighten moderately stained teeth.

If you would like to explore your whitening options, please call us at 618-797-9940 to schedule an appointment.