Using Professional Whitening

Whitening at home or in a dental office is more effective when you understand how to avoid stains in the first place and how to use effective whitening treatment.

Experts agree that you can minimize stains on the enamel by drinking dark or acidic beverages through a straw, swallowing food and drinks fast instead of allowing it to sit in your mouth, and rinsing with water after every meal. In addition to brushing and flossing, see your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups. Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco, dark berries and juices, condiments, sweets, and dark beverages. If it will stain your carpet, or change your tongue colors, it will stain your teeth.

At Platinum Dental Care, a great family dentist in Utah, these are whitening treatments we often recommend to our patients:

  1. In office whitening: Using LED light in the dental office, this short and effective procedure usually takes an hour and provides the fastest and most dramatic results for people looking for a white smile instantly. Perfect for brides and grooms looking to brighten up their smile quickly before the big day.

  2. Whitening Gel. All of our offices offer professional grade whitening gel that, when used correctly, will yield dramatic and painless results. Using a whitening gel requires taking molds of your teeth to create custom whitening trays to hold the whitening agent in place. These give most people good results but it’s over a gradual amount of time based on the amount of staining, and how sensitive your teeth are.

  3. Drugstore Whitening Strips. Although not as strong as professional grade whitening options, over-the-counter bleaching options can still be effective. Whitening strips are convenient but require more treatments more often in order to take a noticeable effect.

  4. Whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. If you look closely, there are no real active ingredients in "whitening" toothpastes or mouthwashes. Because they are only in contact with your teeth for a few minutes, no one can expect any noticeable change in the color of their teeth by using "whitening" toothpaste or mouthwash.

Keeping your teeth white is a lifelong battle without getting crowns or veneers, but it is possible and easy when you talk to your dentist about professional whitening options. Even after you get your natural teeth to your brightest satisfaction, you will still have to do maintenance whitening to keep them that way by avoiding highly pigmented foods and routinely applying whitening treatments.

Dr. Blackhurst is a great family dentist near me. He practices dentistry in Sugarhouse, and serves the greater Salt Lake Area. If you are looking for a dentist in Salt Lake City Utah, call his office at (801) 466-1212.