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Unsightly stains and yellowing teeth in your smile can leave you feeling uncomfortable in social situations. This can be even more disconcerting if you work in a career field that involves person-to-person interaction.

While you might be tempted to try one of the whitening products sold in stores, it might not prove effective at addressing more than minor surface stains. Even the more potent options could cause harm to your teeth or gums.

Most retail-grade whitening products simply don’t have the potency to fully whiten your teeth. At the same time, some of them might also prove to be harmful to sensitive gums and healthy tooth enamel.

In most cases, the safest and most effective way to whiten your teeth is to have Dr. Scott Healey administer a dental bleaching treatment at his Lindon, Utah, clinic. The potent whitening agents he uses can remove even the deepest stains from your teeth. You can then maintain your white smile with retail whitening products like whitening toothpaste or whitening strips.

With your white smile restored, you might want to try maintaining the luster of your teeth by brushing your teeth with a whitening toothpaste that has been approved by the American Dental Association. Just keep in mind that the hydrogen peroxide concentration of whitening toothpaste can only brighten minor stains.

Applying ADA-approved whitening strips to the teeth in your smile can also be a convenient way of improving minor surface stains. You simply apply them to your teeth as you go about your day. The clear, plastic material they are made of makes it hard for the casual observer to even notice the strips are in your mouth.

If you live in Lindon, Utah, and you’re struggling with a stained smile, you should call 801.653.0099 to schedule a whitening consultation at Scott M. Healey Dentistry.