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A bright, white smile makes a good first impression and can say a lot about you. Unfortunately, there are a lot of things that can contribute to keeping our teeth from looking their very best. Age, tobacco use and the staining caused by foods and dark beverages can dull your smile. It’s a good idea to talk to your dentist before starting any tooth-whitening regimen.

If your teeth have mild to moderate surface stains or if you aren’t satisfied with your results from using a tooth-whitening toothpaste, you might want to try using a whitening gel. Most brands will use carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide as the primary whitening agent. When selecting a particular brand, be sure to look for a brand that has earned the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. This seal insures that the ADA has researched and tested the product for safety and effectiveness.

To use the gel, simply pour a small amount into the tray. Then, insert it into your mouth. Have some cotton swabs ready to wipe away any excess gel that seeps over the top of the tray. Most brands only require you to keep the tray in your mouth for 30 to 45 minutes.

When you are done, remove any excess gel from the gum line using dry cotton swabs. You should then brush your teeth and rinse the trays.

If you have questions about selecting a tooth-whitening gel, or if you are curious about other tooth-whitening options, please feel free to call us at 541-942-7934 to schedule an appointment.