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how do i whiten my teeth?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Stain vs intrinsic: Superficial stains on the surface of the tooth can be polished off quite easily at a dental hygiene visit. If the stains have seeped into the enamel, or the color of your teeth is naturally dark, you will been a whitening product, either store bought or professionally administered. Can't tell over the internet what would work best for you.
Dr. Stephen Gordon
Dentistry 43 years experience
Depends: If your teeth are intact without major restoration, in-office with take home tray teeth whitening is the non-invasive choice, so long as your teeth are healthy & clean. If your teeth are significantly restored, then either all porcelain crowns or porcelain laminate veneers are a good choice. See your dentist who will perform a thorough evaluation and discuss what are your best treatment option.
Dr. Mark Venincasa
Cosmetic Dentistry 35 years experience
Multiple ways: Teeth can be whitened by improving your oral hygiene procedures, by altering your diet, by home whitening products, by using whitening toothpastes, and by in-office whitening. Dental procedures can be done as well like bonding, veneers, and crowns.
Dr. Brian Langenfeld
Dentistry 40 years experience
Top Tooth Whitening: Tooth bleach is readily available over the counter and from a dentist. Some people get great results with crest whiting strips. The best way really depends on your existing color and the results you desire. I believe custom trays used at home with whitening gel from your dentist, take the #1 spot. Sensitivity can be managed. The in office power whitening works well for quick results.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
Teeth whitening : You can use over the counter products, however, they are not so effective and/or stable. OTC bleach and whitening tooth paste could be used as a supplement only. A professional teeth whitening without laser, followed by home whitening system with custom trays for the long term effect. You will be very happy with the results.
Dr. Thomas Yash
Dentistry 46 years experience
Bleaching of teeth: There are several methods to whiten teeth. The best are done by your dentist. You may have the bleaching material done in the offfice (zoom) or at home using bleaching trays to hold the gel on your teeth. A new method in bleaching that is very effective is called the kor method. You can research this method online.
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 33 years experience
See your dentist: This is the golden age of teeth whitening. With so many ways to whiten your teeth, i think the best person to help you is your friendly neighborhood dentist. There is no substitute for a dental prophylaxis, this should always be performed first. Bleaching your teeth is like waxing your car; you would never wax your car without washing it first. If your teeth do not whiten veneers could be for you.
Dr. Gabriel Malouf
Specializes in Dentistry
Professional > OTC: Lots of over the counter products work. As compared to a professional option they are limited in their strength (concentration) and delivery (how long it takes and how well it is customized to your teeth). Or you can find a great dentist with a whitening for life program who will wait until your teeth are in optimum health (to prevent sensitivity), and then provide a complimentary solution.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
See Dentist ASAP: Best way is to see your dentist. Dentist will clean your teeth and either whiten them in office or create a custom whitening system for you. Works much better than the otc products.
Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry 41 years experience
In office whitening: Best results are by far in office whitening utilizing a wide variety of techniques and methods.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
See a dentist: For professional teeth whitening without laser, followed by home whitening system with custom trays for the long term effect. You can use over the counter products, however they are not so effective.Hope it helps.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Cause ?: Intrinsic dark color or external staining? Start with a professional cleaning with a dentist to have every bit of calculus and external staining removed. Then, you have a choice of OTC whitening gels (weak) to professionally applied products (strong). Your dentist would be best prepared to advised you since they can actually examine you.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Teeth whitening: First see your dentist to make sure your teeth are healthy, clean, free of plaque and tarter. Your dentist can recommend an effective and safe whitening products for you. OTC white strips can lighten you teeth a little

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What can effectively whiten your teeth?

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Peroxides: The use of whitening tooth paste that has peroxide will help. Better and longer results are only accomplished with whitening materials dispensed by your dentist.
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A 19-year-old female asked:

Natural ways to whiten teeth?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
None really: Keep them clean by brushing and flossing properly and routinely after eating. Then see a dentist to discuss whitening methods that really work, if that is what you want.
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Dentistry 40 years experience
Sorry, no: Use a product specifically designed for tooth whitening.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Can i whiten my teeth with ordinary whiteners like crest strips?

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Yes: Crest white strips do work to lighten teeth.
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Dr. Daniel Ziegler
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Hydrogen Peroxide: Look for teeth whitening mouthwashes that contain hydrogen peroxide. DO NOT USE pure hydrogen peroxide in your mouth, use only over the counter mouthwash products. Dentists will make a mold of your teeth and create a rubberized "tray" for delivering prescription strength whiteners directly to tooth surfaces, usually for around 500 to 800 dollars.

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