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A 26-year-old male asked:

how can i make my teeth whiter?

12 doctor answers19 doctors weighed in
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Well: The best and safest way is to have your dentist do it. If that is too expensive ( you can watch for groupon deals) then in the drugstore they sell whitening kits. You can also by them off the internet. Just google it.
Dr. Raj Upadya
Cosmetic Dentistry 24 years experience
Several ways...: The most effective and conservative way is to get custom made whitening trays from your dentist. "in-office" or "laser" bleaching is an option, but results vary significantly. Over the counter "whitestrips" can improve a few shades... Whitening toothpastes are less effective and can actually be too abrasive... A hygiene visit can actually help a lot, too... In the extreme case there are veneers.
Dr. Jerry Hu
Dr. Jerry Hu answered
Cosmetic Dentistry 23 years experience
First see your denti: Your dentist will have all options for you, you need to find out what type of stains, discolorations, and goals you have, you may have extrinsic stains versus intrinsic-- such as tetracycline, etc., options range from whitening to thin veneers to crowns depending on your case. See your dentist first.
Dr. Alice Urbankova
Cosmetic Dentistry 17 years experience
Teeth whitening: Professional teeth whitening treatment - consult your dentist for custom advice - what is the best conservative option for your teeth.
Dr. Rod Zimmerman
Dentistry 37 years experience
Various techniques: There are many products available to whiten your teeth. You can use otc products, such as colgate whitening strips, or see you dentist and he perform whitening procedures such as tray whitening, power bleaching, or a combination of both. There is the less conservative option to whiten teeth with porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Teeth whitening: The place to start is by seeing your dentist and find out what the options are. There are several options used to lighten teeth and the system chooses depends on the initial health of your teet, how much change you want and how soon you want it done. If you are a smoker you need to stop. Decrease coffee, tea and red wine.
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Dentistry 51 years experience
Whiter teeth: The most effective way to whiten teeth is the system offered by your dentist. This may consist of in-office or at home whitening, or a combination of the two. Before you begin, to be most effective, you should have any needed restorative treatment completed on the teeth to be whitened. Once the whitening is completed you may need to replace fillings due to color differences.
Dr. Harry Aronowitz
Orthodontics 44 years experience
Try over the counter: Look in the drug store isle. Choose any product that appeals to you and try it out.. They work somewhat. If you are still unsatisfied consult your dentist. They may try a stronger product.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
See a dentist: Rec.: professional teeth whitening without laser, followed by home whitening system with custom trays for the long term effect.
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Dentistry 51 years experience
Whiter teeth: The best way to whiten teeth is through your dentist's office with in-office or custom whitening trays. Otc products (white strips) only whiten portions of your teeth. Toothpastes and mouthrinses will not whiten teeth. In all cases, teeth need to be clean in order to be effectively whitened. Whitening products to not remove coffee, tea or cigarette stains.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin commented
Pain Management 36 years experience
Good points! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertize.
Apr 20, 2014
Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
Dentistry 38 years experience
See DDS: See your dentist for a professional whitening regimen period.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Multiple Choices: You can use simple whitening toothpastes to professionally dispensed products. Each has its advantages (price) and limitations (how well they work). The best products are professionally applied or dispensed by your dentist.

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How might you make your teeth whiter naturally?

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Whiter teeth: Teeth darken naturally as we get older. Making sure your teeth are free of stain from coffee, tea and smoking, will help your teeth look brighter. If your teeth are crooked or over-lapped, orthdontic treatment will help them look brighter. Toothpaste will help clean teeth, but will not whiten them. The best way to whiten your teeth is through your dentist office.
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Does scaling and polishing make the teeth whiter?

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Somewhat: Scaling and polishing your teeth will remove all the stains and this can make your teeth lighter and look beter in addition to being healthier.Evaluate your teeth following the procedures then do the lightening if you still need to.
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How can i make my teeth whiter fast?

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Whitening Products: Your dentist can whiten your teeth in the office using very strong peroxides that cannot be bought at your pharmacy. This can be accomplished in about an hour, which is about the fastest you're going to get it done.
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Tricky question ..: Regular toothpaste can make teeth 'whiter' by removing SURFACE stains (coffee, cigarettes, tea, etc). BUT 'teeth bleaching' is only possible with chemicals like hydrogen-peroxide or carbamide-peroxide; that are found in 'Crest Whitestrips' or in Dentists' office products!

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