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Dental offices, drug stores, beauty gurus, and many other outlets offer a variety of teeth whitening products. Whether it’s a product you use at home or getting treatment at the dentist’s office, Dr. Ron Ranson and our dental experts offer options and advice to what best product fits your smile.

Peroxides such as hydrogen or carbamide act as components to help whiten teeth. Be sure to find products that have the ADA seal of approval. These can be found in many of the products offered to better your smile, including:

– In-office bleaching your dentist uses a protective gel or shield to put on over your gums, and then a whitening bleach is applied.

– Over-the-counter products such as bleaching-based trays, either purchased or recommended by your dentist. Other popular over-the-counter products include whitening strips and whitening gels.

– Toothpaste and mouthwash products geared towards teeth whitening are easy to use at home.

Another component found in teeth whitening products to remove stains include chemical ingredients and polishing features. Dentin is one of the main components of teeth and is typically a yellow color. If the enamel is damaged or worn down, then dentin can start to appear. Some tips to avoid stains include:

– Drinking and eating less heavily-pigmented products such as coffee or wine.

– Avoiding the use of tobacco or smoking; these cause tar and nicotine stains.

– Taking care of your teeth with daily brushing and flossing to avoid the wearing down of enamel over time.

– Avoiding injuries to the teeth; when injured, the teeth create more dentin. Consider using a mouth guard during physical activity.

– Sometimes medications cause side effects of yellow teeth so speak to your dentist what options are best for you.

Give Ranson & Ranson DDS PC Family Dental here in Morton, Illinois, a call at 309-263-2021 to receive a consultation and discuss which options are best for you and your smile.