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Your tooth enamel is covered with microscopic textures and pores. These areas can trap tiny dark particles from foods and beverages, causing minor surface stains. As time goes by, these stains can start to set deeper and deeper into the tooth enamel. When this happens, whitening toothpaste and whitening strips are rarely potent enough to whiten a moderately stained smile.

In a situation like this, some people will try using at-home dental bleaching treatments to whiten their teeth. Most of these bleaching gels use concentrated hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These occur in concentrations that are much stronger than you will find in retail whitening toothpaste or strips.

Using the dental bleaching gel involves pouring a small amount into the tray provided. Then, you will insert it into your mouth for a specific amount of time. Should any of the bleaching gel seep onto your gums, you should remove it immediately with a clean cotton swab. Prolonged access to the potent bleaching gel can potentially irritate gum tissues.

If your teeth are deeply stained, or if you haven’t been satisfied with your results from the whitening products offered in stores, you should ask your dentist, Dr. Danton Bradshaw, about a dental bleaching treatment. This is the safest and most effective way to remove moderate to severe stains from teeth.

If you have been struggling to brighten your stained smile, you should call 208-788-2006 to set up a whitening consultation at Snowy River Dental. We are also happy to tell you more about at-home bleaching gel in Bellevue, Idaho, if you have questions.