Do you dream of having a beautiful, white smile?

If so, you’ve come to the right place. We are James Otten Dentistry, and our dentist in Lawrence is dedicated to helping your dental dreams comes true. One of the best options for whitening your teeth is professional teeth whitening. Not only does this minimize the risk involved with whitening your teeth, but it also gets you the best results more quickly. Here are a couple of the over-the-counter teeth whitening options that you can get and how they work:

#1. Whitening Toothpaste

The first thing you should know about toothpaste is that most of the options on the market, whether they say the word “whitening” or not, have the ability to remove minor, surface stains from your teeth. Whitening toothpastes often contain chemical and polishing agents that can remove surface stains, but they do not contain peroxide or bleach, and they cannot remove deeper stains that are within the tooth structure.

#2. Whitening Rinses

Whitening rinses, like mouthwashes, help to remove plaque, freshen the breath and kill bacteria, but whitening rinses have additional ingredients that help to whiten teeth. Whitening your teeth with a whitening rinse is very straightforward, but unfortunately, it isn’t very effective. The rinse simply does not come into contact with the teeth for long enough to make a real difference.

Although we’ve gone over just a couple of the whitening options available to you, you can already see that professional whitening is your best option. Would you like to learn about more whitening options? If so, please stay tuned for our next blog.