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Our teeth naturally fade over time. This is due to a variety of causes, but common ones include staining from food or smoking, discoloration from medication or conditions like fluorosis, and simply aging. A tooth’s natural whiteness is also influenced by one’s genetics. Because of this myriad of factors, teeth whitening is not a universal process. But you can achieve a brighter smile regardless of your starting point.

Many people consider treatments such as whitening toothpastes or over-the-counter products like whitening strips. While these work, their effect can be fairly mild. Other products contain stronger peroxides and produce stronger results, but unsupervised use can cause adverse effects. Using whitening products too much can also reduce tooth enamel. Dr. David A. Browne recommends that you consult with him before starting any whitening regimen.

For a more controlled experience, David A. Browne, DDS, PC provides whitening trays for home use that gradually brighten your smile. These are safe and easy to use. Before we even get started, your teeth will be thoroughly examined to determine the strength and duration of treatment, and how much whitening your teeth need. Once the process is finished, you will have a smile that is completely transformed.

Of course, good dental hygiene goes a long way in preventing tooth discoloration. You should avoid consuming items that can stain teeth, such as coffee and red wine. If you do, be sure to clean your teeth thoroughly soon after. And if you smoke, stop for many reasons, not least of all your teeth.

A radiant smile is something everyone deserves, and getting one can give you a major confidence boost. To learn more about teeth whitening, please call our McHenry, IL, office today.