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Kevin H. Speer, D.D.S.
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Milwaukie, OR 97267
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3 Procedures To Whiten Teeth

Whiten Teeth

If you’ve found yourself looking in the mirror wishing that the smile reflected back at you was a bit brighter, and whiter. While we may wish we had a brighter smile our habits, be they a love of certain staining foods or oral hygiene that could perhaps be a bit more diligent, may leave us with teeth that are discolored. Stained teeth are more than just unsightly, they can make us self-conscious about smiling, which can impact our ability to make a good first impression on new acquaintances, business associates, and potential employers. Thankfully dental technology has produced whitening treatments that are available over the counter, or through your dentist for, particularly stubborn cases.

Three Methods Of Teeth Whitening

There are three primary methods of whitening available on the market today, each of them appropriate for different degrees of staining. These treatments can be purchased over the counter in some cases, such as whitening strips and toothpastes, or through your dentist for trays, gels, and in-depth internal whitening. These three options represent categories of treatments that include different approaches to whitening teeth, read on to learn more.


These methods are the ones that are easily accessible to anyone, and come in a broad range of options. Included in these options are toothpastes with built in whitening agents, mouthwashes, special toothbrushes that clean more aggressively, chewing gum that coats the teeth with a protection layer, and whitening strips. Minor staining can be addressed using these resources.

At-Home Gels and Trays For Whitening

This option is available through your dentist, though there are also varieties available over the counter that aren’t as effective. These represent a more intensive treatment than those mentioned above, requiring wearing the trays for up to an hour a day, over a period of several days. The gel used in these trays is not intended to come in contact with the gums, and tenderness can result if it does.

Professional Whitening Treatments

When treated by a dentist using a professional whitening treatment you’re sure to get incredible results. These treatments range from laser whitening which uses focused light to activate a whitening gel that’s applied to the patients teeth. Internal cleaning is also available for those receiving a root canal, and focused on whitening the tooth from the inside out.

Connect with your dentist to determine which form of whitening is appropriate for you, as each approach can be the perfect whitening solution dependent on your degree of dental health. If you’re looking for a consultation that will help clarify your options and set you on the path to beautiful white teeth, then pick up the phone and make a call to Dr. Kevin H Speer at Oak Grove Dental. They have been serving the community of Milwaukee, OR with exceptional preventative care, restorative dentistry, and cosmetic treatments for concerns like discolored teeth. Don’t let stained teeth stand in the way of a happy social life with a confident smile, call for an appointment today.

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