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A smile full of stained teeth can leave you feeling socially awkward and self-conscious about your appearance. The depth and severity of the stains will directly influence the whitening method or treatments that your dentist, Dr. Sylvan Stern, recommends.

Brushing your teeth with a brand of whitening toothpaste is a convenient way to brighten minor surface stains. Just keep in mind that the concentration of whitening agents in whitening toothpaste simply aren’t potent enough to brighten moderate to deeply stained teeth.

Whitening strips are also popular and convenient because you can apply them while you’re on the go. The clear plastic makes it hard for the casual observer to even notice you’re wearing them. Just like whitening toothpaste, the topical hydrogen peroxide will only be strong enough to whiten minor surface stains.

Dental whitening gel is made from a significantly stronger concentration of whitening agents than whitening toothpaste or strips. To use them, you will pour a small amount of the whitening gel into the provided trays and will hold them in your mouth for a set amount of time.

If your teeth are deeply stained, you will need Dr. Sylvan Stern to perform a dental bleaching treatment. This is the safest, most effective way to whiten tooth enamel. If you use tobacco on a regular basis, this might be the only way to thoroughly whiten your teeth.

If your teeth suffer from staining issues, you should call Sylvan S. Stern, DDS at 248-559-0995 to understand your teeth-whitening options in Southfield, Michigan.