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When you think of an appealing smile, you think of straight, bright teeth. Stained teeth are not high on the list of attractiveness. We know how important a healthy, bright looking smile is, and today we’re going to share three common avenues of teeth whitening.

1-Gels and strips

With this method of whitening your teeth, you apply them with a brush or a thin strip. These are generally peroxide-based, and work their results after wearing them one – two times a day taking for 10 to 14 days.

2-Trays

Whitening trays are worn similarly to a mouth guard. Trays contain a peroxide-based bleaching gel or paste to fill them with before wearing. worn one or more hours each day for up to four weeks should get you the effect you desire. Whitening trays are available over-the-counter or custom-fitted by your dental office for convenience.

3-Toothpaste

Because all toothpaste contains mild abrasives, they can all help lighten stains. With a whitening toothpaste, additional chemicals or polishing agents are included that can remove stains without using a bleaching chemical.

Even though people enjoy the effects of whitened teeth, we do offer caution as well. We recommend seeing your dentist before attempting to whiten your teeth. You want to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy because if you have tooth sensitivity it can temporarily make it more sensitive. Also, if done incorrectly, you can find yourself with burns on your gum tissue or temporarily bleaching them.

For safe, effective results in San Francisco, California, our team can provide teeth whitening under proper dental supervision. Just call 415.682.6377 to schedule with our dentist at Niloufer G. Hamsayeh, DDS. Dr. Niloufer Hamsayeh and our team look forward to working with you to find the right kind of treatment and treatment length to give you the healthy, attractive smile you deserve!