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With all of the different foods and materials out there that can discolor teeth, you might find that your teeth aren’t as shiny as they once were. Awesome news: wanting a shinier smile is more common than you might believe, and there are a few options you can pursue if a brighter smile is your mission.

Professional procedures. Chairside bleaching, also defined as in-office bleaching, can be completed in as soon as one appointment to our office. During this procedure, Dr. Jacob Miller will apply a coating gel to your gums before applying bleach to whiten your teeth.

Toothpaste with whitening. Every toothpaste contains abrasives that will help your pearly whites look whiter by eradicating plaque, but there are a few special toothpastes that have materials for removing stains from your teeth. Be careful, though, since not all toothpastes are created equally. As always, you can be confident in the toothpaste you buy if it shows an ADA seal of approval.

At-home products. There are numerous products on the market that bleach teeth. Multiple come in the form of whitening trays or strips. These products generally contain less-concentrated bleach than what we use in the office, so you’ll likely have to use them for at least a week before you notice any differences. Feel free to ask us more about this type of whitening solution if you have more questions.

We’d love to lend our support to you as you whiten your pearly whites. Have you scheduled your next checkup with our Grand Rapids, Michigan, office? Please contact our team at Jacob S. Miller, DDS at 616-364-7039 now so we can get you set up.