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Tired of using over-the-counter teeth whitening and getting no results?


Many over-the-counter whitening products don’t work as well as professional kits, since their chemistry is weak and cannot bleach the teeth sufficiently.


Professional whitening kits are easier to use, more controlled, and produce better results. At-home kits typically use the tray system as it’s a flexible and safe practice for all patients.


When you make the decision to invest in a teeth whitening treatment, you want to ensure you get results that last. Learn how to make the most out of your at-home whitening kits below.

Common Causes of Discolored Teeth

There are a number of daily activities that can cause tooth discoloration.


With a few simple changes in your lifestyle, you can reduce the impact these activities have on your teeth.


One of the most common tooth staining practices is smoking, as the nicotine and tar found in cigarettes turn teeth yellow and over time, brown. Not only does smoking stain your teeth, but it’s also a contributing cause of gum disease.


Daily brushing followed by a tooth whitening treatment can remove the surface stains and improve your overall oral health.


Beverages such as coffee, tea, and acidic drinks are famous teeth-staining substances. These stains build up over time, and after a while, regular oral care will not be enough to completely remove the discoloration.


The high levels of acidity in drinks such as lemonade, Coca-Cola, and pineapple juice slowly strips down the enamel. As the outer layer of the tooth breaks down, the dentin beneath, which has a natural yellow tint, begins to appear.


Daily brushing followed by a tooth whitening treatment can remove the surface stains and improve your overall oral health.

How to Get the Best Teeth Whitening Results

Once you receive your whitening trays, your dentist will provide you with detailed instructions on how and when to wear them.


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Prior to using your whitening trays, be sure to brush and floss your teeth. If any food particles are left on the teeth, the area of contact between the whitening agent and the tooth is lessened, possibly hindering the results of the whitening.


While wearing the trays, avoid eating, drinking, and smoking, as it can make the treatment less effective. In fact, you should avoid eating, drinking and smoking for at least a half-hour after removing the trays. Once 30 minutes have passed, brush your teeth thoroughly to remove the whitening agent.


When you speak with a teeth whitening professional , they’ll give you set of instructions to follow. Make sure you follow them carefully and to wait the specified time between each bleaching application.


Not waiting enough time can cause the teeth to become overly sensitive and the gums can become irritated.

Regain Your Confidence With a Whiter Smile

Teeth whitening technology has come a long way over the years, with treatments ranging from whitening toothpaste to professional at-home kits.


It can be difficult to smile with confidence when your teeth are stained and don’t look their best. Luckily, our take-home whitening kits make teeth whitening a breeze so that you can get back to flashing your pearly whites in no time.


Our team of professionals at Costello Family Dentistry strives to help our patients achieve the best possible results. Each patient’s needs are different, which is why we take the time to assess the situation so that we can design a treatment that’s most effective for you.


Get in touch with us to learn more about whitening kits and book your consultation today.

Dr. Shahrooz Yazdani

Dr. Shahrooz Yazdani

Dr. Shahrooz Yazdani has helped to restore the smiles and self-confidence of countless clients since opening Yazdani Family Dentistry in 2001. As CEO and Director, he has amassed thousands of hours of comprehensive training and real-world experience in his decades-long tenure. Dr. Yazdani is deeply passionate about his work, family, and making the most of life itself.

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