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On a microscopic level, your tooth enamel is made up of densely packed mineral crystal structures. This gives the surface of your teeth a microscopic texture that staining particles from dark foods and beverages can adhere to. Without some measure to counteract these minor surface stains, they can set deeper and deeper into the microscopic textures. The depth of the stains will determine the method your David A. Browne, DDS, PC dentist, Dr. David A. Browne, recommends to safely and effectively whiten your smile.

Brushing your teeth twice a day with a brand of whitening toothpaste is a popular way to reduce minor stains on the teeth in your smile. Just keep in mind that the concentration of hydrogen peroxide whitening agents can never be strong enough to whiten moderate or deeply stained teeth.

Applying whitening strips to your teeth is a convenient way to whiten your smile while you go about your day. Just like whitening toothpaste, the whitening strips are only strong enough to remove minor surface stains.

Whitening gels use stronger concentrations of whitening agents than whitening toothpaste or strips. These gels are usually potent enough to brighten moderately stained teeth, but they still lack the ability to whiten deeply stained teeth.

To brighten deeply stained teeth, your dentist can administer a professional dental bleaching treatment. This is the safest and most effective way to whiten the teeth in your smile.

If your smile has dulled over time, you should call David A. Browne, DDS, PC at 815-344-6811 to understand the most effective whitening treatment in McHenry, Illinois.