Teeth whitening solutions: expert advice for achieving and maintaining a stunning smile

By Tracy Taddey, DDS

Most of us would agree that stained, yellow teeth leave a bad impression; and when it comes to individuals living in the public eye, a single unflattering photo (like that of Lindsay Lohan sporting a less-than-bright smile from a recent issue of

OK Magazine

) can be the making of a complete PR nightmare. Of course, celebrities aren’t the only ones who strive after and appreciate bright smiles; and because white teeth project an image of youth, health and beauty, most people – be they celebrities or public figures, school teachers or business professionals, parents or students – like to keep their teeth as clean and white as possible.

Unfortunately, certain habits and substances (such as smoking, drinking red wine or coffee, or consuming colored fruit juices) can leave superficial stains and bacterial plaque on the teeth over time, contributing to discoloration. These days, however, there are a wide variety of teeth whitening options available to help individuals both prevent and combat stains and achieve a whiter, brighter smile with neither serious side effects nor severe inconvenience. From over-the-counter toothpastes, rinses and strips to professionally administered

teeth whitening systems

, modern whitening methods can be tailored to suit each individual’s needs – and budget – while also encouraging better dental hygiene and oral care in the long run.

At-home teeth whitening methods are generally less expensive (but also less effective) than in-office procedures; however, for those seeking a short-term or mild solution, over-the-counter products may be entirely appropriate. There are a number of such products available in most drugstores, such as:

  • Whitening toothpastes
  • Strips and gels
  • Rinses
  • Tray-based tooth whiteners
These products include varying amounts of carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide, both of which help lighten tooth color, and range in effectiveness and efficiency from slight (as with toothpastes and rinses) to moderate (as with strips, gels and trays). While most of these products are perfectly safe, they can cause increased tooth sensitivity in some individuals, and often require extended use in order to achieve optimal results.

Fast, convenient, long lasting and safe: professional whitening systems at your local La Jolla dental office

For those seeking the quickest, most comfortable and effective teeth whitening procedure available, we recommend the Zoom2! In-Office Whitening System as administered by our team of caring and experienced

La Jolla dentists

  1. Patients undergo a 45-minute procedure during which a light-activated gel gently penetrates the teeth to eliminate deep stains and improve coloration by an average of eight shades – all while in the safe, capable hands of a qualified dental professional. The Zoom2! System is proven to work immediately, and with less fadeback than any over-the-counter products. Paired with proper dental hygiene habits, one or two session of in-office whitening will leave your smile in sparkling condition for years to come.
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