Teeth Whitening

Allison Clark, DMD

General Dentistry located in New Lebanon, OH

Dr. Allison Clark, DMD, at Clark Family Dental in New Lebanon, Ohio, provides several teeth whitening options to help you safely remove both extrinsic stains and the intrinsic stains that cause yellowing. To find out more about how you can get a more radiant smile, call or make an appointment online today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is any process that makes your teeth appear whiter. There are two categories of teeth whitening products.

Bleaching

Bleaching uses teeth whitening products containing peroxide to change the natural color of your teeth and help remove deep and surface stains.

Non-bleaching

Non-bleaching teeth whitening products only remove surface stains through the use of agents that use physical or chemical action.

What are the different methods of teeth whitening?

The teeth whitening products available to help you improve the look of your smile fall into three categories. Dr. Clark takes the time to discuss which one is best for you:

In office procedures

Dr. Clark offers whitening procedures with higher concentrations of whitening agents than those used at home. In office products produce results quickly and safely. Depending on the product, you need between three and six appointments to achieve best results.

Dentist-dispensed for at home use

Dr. Clark offers several at-home teeth whitening kits that come with complete directions on how to place the special gel in the trays and how long to keep the trays in your mouth.

Products dispensed by Dr. Clark for at home use are more potent than teeth-whitening products available at drug stores but generally less effective in-office treatments.

Over-the-counter

Less expensive than in-office and at-home teeth-whitening procedures, over-the-counter teeth whitening products are available without a prescription and contain the least amount of bleaching agents. The most popular forms of over-the-counter teeth whitening products include:

  • Strips that stick to your teeth
  • Toothpaste
  • Pens
  • Gum

Regardless of the type of teeth whitening product you choose to use, it’s essential you follow the directions and inform Dr. Clark if you run into any problems with use.

Why are teeth whitening products necessary?

Your teeth lose brightness for many reasons, and the most common include:

  • Food and Drinks: Worst offenders include coffee, tea, and red wine
  • Tobacco: Culprits include tar and nicotine
  • Age: As you age the outer enamel gets thinner and more yellow
  • Trauma: Reactions to injuries to your mouth cause color changes
  • Medications: Prescriptions including antihistamines, antipsychotics, and high blood pressure medications, as well as tetracycline, doxycycline, chemotherapy, and radiation

For a self-esteem boost and improved appearance with teeth whitening, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Allison Clark, DMD, at Clark Family Dental in New Lebanon, Ohio.