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The tooth enamel layer on each of your teeth has microscopic pores that can trap dark particles from dark foods and beverages. If these surface stains are not removed from the surfaces of your teeth, the dark particles can slowly start to penetrate deeper and deeper into your teeth. The most effective method Dr. Sandy Pape recommends for whitening your smile will depend on the severity of the stains.

Brushing your teeth with a whitening toothpaste is a popular and convenient way to remove minor surface stains. Unfortunately, the hydrogen peroxide whitening agents they use are ineffective at removing stains that have penetrated the tooth enamel.

Whitening strips can also be 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 can only effectively remove surface stains.

Both of these methods are more effective for maintaining a white smile than they are at fully improving moderate-to-severe staining issues.

Dental bleaching gels use stronger concentrations of whitening agents than whitening toothpaste or strips. To use them, you pour a small amount of the bleaching gel into the provided tray and will hold it in your mouth for a set amount of time. This whitening method can sometimes harm teeth and gums.

Stains that have penetrated deep into tooth enamel can only be completely whitened by a dental bleaching treatment at Isle Smile. The potent whitening agents and professional techniques she uses can safely remove deep stains from within tooth enamel.

If you’ve been struggling with a stained smile and you’re interested in a whitening treatment in Key West, Florida, you should call 305-293-1660 to schedule a whitening consultation with Dr. Sandy Pape.