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Stains can form on the tooth enamel from a variety of sources. Dark foods, beverages and tobacco use are some of the more common culprits. When minor surface stains are not removed from the surfaces of your teeth, they will inevitably start to penetrate deeper and deeper into the enamel layer.

The depth and severity of the stains in your smile will determine the most effective method needed to whiten your teeth. A whitening consultation at Artistry in Dentistry is especially helpful for identifying the safest and most effective means for brightening your teeth.

Most retail-grade whitening products don’t have the potency to fully whiten your teeth. At the same time, some of them might also prove harmful to sensitive gums and healthy tooth enamel.

In most cases, the safest and most effective way to whiten your teeth is to have Dr. Sheldon Sullivan administer a dental bleaching treatment. These potent whitening agents used can remove even the deepest stains from teeth. You can then maintain your white smile with retail whitening products like whitening toothpaste or whitening strips.

Brushing your teeth with a whitening toothpaste that has been approved by the American Dental Association is a convenient way to maintain your smile’s brightness after a dental bleaching treatment. However, it’s important to remember that the hydrogen peroxide concentration of whitening toothpaste can only brighten minor stains.

Applying whitening strips to the teeth in your smile can also be a convenient way of improving minor surface stains. You simply apply them to your teeth as you go about your day. The clear, plastic material of the strips makes it hard for the casual observer to even notice they are in your mouth. Just be sure to check the package to make sure they have also been tested and approved by the ADA for safe oral use.

If you live in Gilbert, Arizona, and you’re struggling with a stained smile, you should call 480-374-5562 to schedule a whitening consultation with Dr. Sheldon Sullivan.