So Many Choices for a Bright, Dazzling Smile

white smile ShakopeeBy now, most people recognize the immense value of an attractive smile. Study after study has suggested that it isn’t what you wear that gets the most attention, it’s how nicely you smile. If your teeth are stained or yellow, smiling is the last thing you want to do. You know you want to say goodbye to those stains, but what is the best way to do that? You have more options than you might think!

There are benefits to having options for teeth whitening, and then there is a downside. When more is available, it brings up the question of which way to go. Let’s see if we can help you with this.

Commercial whiteners

This may perhaps be the easiest choice – NOT to whiten at home with whitening strips from your local store. Even if purchased online or from a more expensive retailer, commercial strips are limited. To get results, concentrated peroxide is needed, and that is only available from your dentist.

Professional in-office Whitening

Here is a more difficult choice. Do you see your dentist for whitening in the office? This expedited treatment is easy and convenient, and also slightly more expensive. That doesn’t mean that in-office whitening will do anything more than professional home-whitening. The key difference is getting the results you want faster. But be mindful! The accelerated process could cause some sensitivity.

Professional Home-whitening

Ah! Back to the basics. The professional home-whitening kit is what started it all, and this method still gets the job done. Home whitening is comfortable and convenient. The best part about this method could be that it can be tailored to your preferences. For instance, if your teeth get sensitive, you might try wearing trays on alternating days rather than daily.


Not all stains can be treated with peroxide whitening, even in the dental office. There are situations in which porcelain veneers may be the best way to bring about the desired outcome. An injured tooth, for instance, that has turned dark. Tetracycline stains, as well, can be difficult to lift with bleach, and may more easily be disguised behind beautiful veneers.

At O’Brien Dental Care, we focus on you. Schedule your visit in our Shakopee office at (952) 445-6657.

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