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There are a boatload of edibles and beverages that can discolor your teeth. Age alone can cause yellowing over time. So, don’t feel embarrassed about it. Fix it! These days, you have many options available, and not only on the shelves of your local supermarket or pharmacy. Here are four common ways to take away the discoloration and whiten your smile again.

Toothpaste and Rinse with Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching liquid used in most tooth whitening products. There are both toothpastes and mouthwashes with peroxide in their contents. With the toothpaste there will also be an abrasive which can take the top off yellowed enamel and further promote whitening.

Strips for Whitening

Pre-filled plastic whitening strips come with hydrogen peroxide already inside. Simply slap them onto your tooth face to begin removing yellow stains on the surface of your teeth. You can apply these strips several times over a set amount of days for maximum effect. Be sure to read the label and follow the manufacturer’s directions.

Trays or Custom Mouthguard

Many people opt for the type of whitening kit that uses a tray which is filled with a peroxide gel mixture in order to soak the entirety of the tooth in the process. While this is a little more involved, the tray-based kits produce a popular whitening effect. There is even the possibility that your dentist will have a more customized kit that he can send home with you after making an impression of your teeth so that the gel can better mold to your own mouth.

In-Office Whitening by a Dental Professional

The best results can be had by hitting up your dentist. For this, you’ll need to schedule a whitening session in-office. It should only take an hour but will yield optimal results from the mega-strength peroxide gel and the use of an UV light to activate the industrial peroxide product. You can’t get this kind over-the-counter.

If you’d like more information about teeth whitening, feel free to call Drs. Petersen and Hendricks and our team at David B. Peterson, DDS. You can make an appointment at: 661-587-7002, or come by our office in Bakersfield, California.