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Will dental cleaning make my teeth whiter?
22 doctors weighed in

Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree
In brief: White Teeth
Dentists can make your teeth white after cleaning.
You can gargle with h2o2 about a teaspoon for ten minutes after brushing your teeth.

In brief: White Teeth
Dentists can make your teeth white after cleaning.
You can gargle with h2o2 about a teaspoon for ten minutes after brushing your teeth.
Dr. Nela Cordero
Dr. Nela Cordero
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Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Not really
A cleaning may take some of the surface stain off your teeth and they may appear whiter but cleanings do not "whiten or bleach" your teeth.

In brief: Not really
A cleaning may take some of the surface stain off your teeth and they may appear whiter but cleanings do not "whiten or bleach" your teeth.
Dr. Robert Chin
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Dr. James Wright
Dentistry
3 doctors agree
In brief: It can
Whitening is not the primary purpose of a dental cleaning, but it may help slightly.
After your teeth are clean you can ask your dentist about which type of whitening treatment is best for you.

In brief: It can
Whitening is not the primary purpose of a dental cleaning, but it may help slightly.
After your teeth are clean you can ask your dentist about which type of whitening treatment is best for you.
Dr. James Wright
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Most time yes!
In the majority of people the answer is yes, but if your teeth are intrinsically stained from a development or genetic issue, decayed, have composite fillings or veneers.
..the answer would be no. All those later situations are stains that are embedded in the tooth structure or are artificial and porous microscopically, so the stain is more than just on the surface. Still, clean teeth=good health!

In brief: Most time yes!
In the majority of people the answer is yes, but if your teeth are intrinsically stained from a development or genetic issue, decayed, have composite fillings or veneers.
..the answer would be no. All those later situations are stains that are embedded in the tooth structure or are artificial and porous microscopically, so the stain is more than just on the surface. Still, clean teeth=good health!
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
2 doctors agree
In brief: Definitely, yes
However, a professional teeth whitening, followed by home whitening system with custom trays for the long term effect.
You will be very happy with the results.

In brief: Definitely, yes
However, a professional teeth whitening, followed by home whitening system with custom trays for the long term effect.
You will be very happy with the results.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Robert Devin
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Brushing also helps too.
A professional cleaning can remove stains even electric toothbrushes do not remove. Summertime ice tea drinking and staining is very common. Some people get their teeth cleaned at the beginning and end of summer. Also ask your hygeinist about teeth whitening. They can answer a lot of questions

In brief: Yes
Brushing also helps too.
A professional cleaning can remove stains even electric toothbrushes do not remove. Summertime ice tea drinking and staining is very common. Some people get their teeth cleaned at the beginning and end of summer. Also ask your hygeinist about teeth whitening. They can answer a lot of questions
Dr. Robert Devin
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Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Stain removal
Dental cleanings will remove the superficial stains that accumulate on your teeth from all the foods and drinks that we ingest.
To get your teeth whiter, you will usually need to have whitening treatments done by your dentist. There are some over the counter products available, but check first with your dentist to see what will work best for you.

In brief: Stain removal
Dental cleanings will remove the superficial stains that accumulate on your teeth from all the foods and drinks that we ingest.
To get your teeth whiter, you will usually need to have whitening treatments done by your dentist. There are some over the counter products available, but check first with your dentist to see what will work best for you.
Dr. John Comisi
Dr. John Comisi
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Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: To some extent
Cleaning will remove superficial stains from coffee, tea, red wine, cola and berries, to name a few, and this will make your teeth appear brighter. However, dental cleaning can only make your teeth as white as your clean enamel would be.
To achieve anything beyond this requires professional whitening process or porcelain.

In brief: To some extent
Cleaning will remove superficial stains from coffee, tea, red wine, cola and berries, to name a few, and this will make your teeth appear brighter. However, dental cleaning can only make your teeth as white as your clean enamel would be.
To achieve anything beyond this requires professional whitening process or porcelain.
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dr. Heidi Nelson
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Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes it will help
but may need a whitening treatment in addition to get them white.

In brief: Yes it will help
but may need a whitening treatment in addition to get them white.
Dr. Diane Minich
Dr. Diane Minich
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Dr. Jayang Vora
When you clean and polish you are removing external plaque and sticky staining food particle. May need to use whitening gel. Good luck
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