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Teeth Whitening Treatment Options

Posted on April 6, 2011 — by Thomas G. Zarger Jr., D.D.S.

There are plenty of substances out there that can leave your smile looking less than its whitest. If you’re a smoker or you chew tobacco, both will affect the color of your smile. (Though given the many adverse health problems associated with tobacco, stained teeth may be the least of your worries down the road.) If you regularly drink coffee, tea, red wine, or colas, these will all gradually lead to stains. Beets and blueberries can also both make your smile look tarnished and not its best.

For these issues, there is always teeth whitening. Knoxville, TN cosmetic dentist Thomas G. Zarger has helped many patients restore the overall appearance of their smiles through teeth whitening and other methods of dental bleaching and smile restoration. Let’s take a moment right now to look at all of the ways that you can enhance the brightness of your smile.

First of all, there are the products you can buy at the store. These include chewing gums, tooth whitening toothpastes, mouthwashes, tray systems, and whitening strips. Some of these are more effective than others. Obviously the specialized tray systems and strips will be much more effective than the chewing gums. That said, however, these store products are not as effective as professional teeth whitening.

When it comes to professional Knoxville, TN teeth whitening, there are two distinctions: in-office teeth whitening and take-home teeth whitening. In-office teeth whitening is performed in the office (which is pretty obvious). Take-home teeth whitening involves a dentist-approved kit that you use at home, either as a supplement to in-office teeth whitening or as a treatment in and of itself. These professional whitening services are much more effective for dealing with tooth discoloration than the store options. This is because the bleaching agents are much stronger.

Those who have major stains on their teeth will probably require porcelain veneers to address the appearance of their smiles. To find out if professional teeth whitening is the right option for you or if another option would be better, please contact our Knoxville, TN cosmetic dentistry office today.

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