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If you would like faster or more dramatic results, a professional whitening session at the dentist’s office is in order. Your dentist will use a higher concentration of peroxide and may increase the effectiveness of the process by augmenting the bleaching action with a special light or laser. Dramatic whitening can be achieved in about an hour using this technique, but it can cost several hundred dollars. All professional whiteners with the ADA Seal of Acceptance contain 35 percent hydrogen peroxide.
General Tips for a Brighter Smile
The best way to remove surface stains is to start with a professional cleaning at the dentist’s office. Once you’ve got a clean slate, you can maintain your brighter smile by:
Brushing and flossing daily. Regular dental care will remove plaque before it can accumulate and attract stains.
Getting teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis. Tartar buildup tends to stain easily and is very noticeable.
Not smoking. Smoking is a major cause of yellow stains on the teeth. It can also damage your gums.
Carefully choosing your beverages. Coffee, tea and cola are prime culprits. Limit your consumption to one or two servings per day and brush immediately afterwards.
Using a straw. Sip cola, juice and iced tea through a straw to reduce contact with your teeth.
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