On a microscopic level, your tooth enamel has microscopic textures in the mineral crystals. These surfaces can sometimes trap tiny staining particles found in the dark foods and beverages you enjoy each day. If these minor surface stains are not cleared away in a timely manner, they can start to penetrate deep into the enamel, which can leave you with a deeply stained smile.
Using whitening strips can work to remove minor surface stains. The clear, plastic strips have been treated with a special topical form of hydrogen peroxide. You can conveniently wear them as you go about your day, and the casual observer won’t even notice you have them on your teeth. While the whitening strips are in your mouth, you will need to avoid drinking, eating and using tobacco products.
It’s important to keep in mind that the concentration of topical hydrogen peroxide on whitening strips is only strong enough to brighten minor surface stains on tooth enamel. Deep stains can usually only be safely and effectively whitened by the professional dental bleaching treatment offered at H. Michael Long, DDS.
If you have been struggling with stained teeth in your smile, you should call your dentist, Dr. H. Michael Long at 931-455-2595 to explore your whitening options.