3 Options for Whitening Your Teeth

3 Options for Whitening Your Teeth

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If you feel uncomfortable with your teeth due to yellowing, staining, or discoloration, teeth whitening may help you feel great about your appearance. Teeth whitening is easy; several options may match your budget and schedule.

How Teeth Whitening Works

Our practice uses Opalescence, an advanced teeth-whitening system that creates a brilliant smile. Opalescence uses a potent peroxide gel to break up stains within the tooth. Peroxide works by entering the tooth enamel and breaking down stain molecules.

Opalescence also contains a potassium nitrate and fluoride compound that helps combat tooth sensitivity.

In-Office Whitening

In-office whitening provides the most dramatic results. The dentist protects your gums against the whitening gel and applies it to your teeth. The dentist may repeat the treatment a few times during your session, rinsing carefully after each application.

Each about-an-hour session can remove years worth of stains, and you will immediately notice the difference. The number of sessions you need depends on the shades you wish to lighten.

At-Home Whitening

Opalescence also comes in an at-home version. At-home professional whitening works for a few weeks or months but can help you achieve a more brilliant smile. The dentist will make a custom whitening tray that you will fill with the gel wear as prescribed, either during the day or at night. If you want a more gradual approach, you may need at-home whitening.


Another chemical-free whitening option is microabrasion, which uses a gritty but gentle substance to remove stains on the outer enamel. Microabrasion is an excellent choice for patients who are highly sensitive to peroxide. However, repeating it too many times can lead to enamel erosion.

Keeping Your Teeth Whiter Longer

After you whiten your teeth, you may want to know how to keep them bright. Here are several suggestions:

  • Limit staining foods and beverages like coffee, red wine, and dark chocolate
  • Brush after each meal and snack when possible, and rinse with water when you can't brush
  • Avoid smoking or using tobacco
  • Be sure to maintain a healthy flossing routine

Frequently Asked Questions About Teeth Whitening

Can I receive teeth whitening if I have sensitive teeth?

Some patients experience sensitivity after whitening. Professional whitening is better for these patients since the dentist supervises the process. Over-the-counter whitening products may cause excess sensitivity if overused.

Is whitening bad for your teeth?

Professional whitening does not damage teeth. When a dentist controls the gel strength and whitening level, they can customize the process for your needs.

Over-the-counter products like activated charcoal may cause severe enamel problems. Once the enamel is gone, your dentist can't restore it.

Call Jacobs and Thatcher Dentistry

If you want to pursue professional teeth whitening, we would gladly help you explore your options. Please call Jacobs and Thatcher Dentistry at 813-634-1932 to schedule a consultation with one of our expert dentists.