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Different Ways to Whiten Your Teeth

A white smile is something everyone wants. When you smile and see discolored and stained teeth, it can kill your confidence and make you feel insecure. Luckily, there are many ways to whiten teeth that are effective. While some methods work better than others, one may be a better option for you.

When it comes to whitening your teeth, you may not be sure of all the options out there. From at-home treatments to professional whitening services, there are many options to choose from. At Aspen Hill Dental in Wheat Ridge, we offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry services including teeth whitening. If you want professionally whiter teeth, be sure to schedule your appointment today!

In this blog, we are going to talk about some of the most effective teeth whitening methods. Learn more and find the method that works best for you!


Whitening toothpastes are a popular and easy option when it comes to whitening. While all toothpastes remove surface stains because they are mildly abrasive, whitening toothpastes have gentle polishes or chemical agents that can help remove stains more effectively. While over-the-counter whitening toothpastes may only be able to lighten the color of your teeth by one shade, prescription-strength whitening that is done in the dentist’s office can lighten your teeth by three to eight shades. If your teeth are only slightly discolored and you only want to whiten your teeth by a shade, whitening toothpaste is a great option. But if you want a more intense tooth whitening treatment, there are better options for you.


Whitening Strips and Gels

Over-the-counter whitening strips and gels are more great options for whitening your teeth at home. Both of these products contain peroxide, which is what whitens your teeth. Based on the levels of peroxide found in these products, the instructions on how to use them properly will differ. Many people see great results with these types of whiteners, depending on the brand and the strength. However, these types of whiteners often lead to tooth sensitivity in others. While you may see whiter teeth, you may experience extreme tooth sensitivity that may make this method not worth the results. If you experience tooth sensitivity after using whitening strips or gels, you may want to either use these products less often or find a better method for your teeth.

Whitening Rinses

Whitening rinses are another great option that are very similar to mouthwash. These products reduce plaque, freshen breath, and prevent gum disease, while also whitening your teeth. Like the gels and strips, whitening rinses use hydrogen peroxide to whiten your teeth. However, this method may not be as effective as the strips and gels since your teeth are exposed to it for only a short period of time. Since strips and gels are on your teeth for longer, these are more effective methods.


Activated Charcoal Powder

Activated charcoal powder is a new method of whitening that has become popular in recent years. This is a great option for those who experienced tooth sensitivity when they tried gels and strips. Activated charcoal powder is made of natural substances, like coconut shells, olive pits, and peat. These substances are turned into a fine, black powder that is used to remove stains from the teeth. The powder becomes activated when it is oxidized under extreme heat. This powder is very porous and adsorbent. This means that, instead of absorbing toxins and odors, activated charcoal binds with these substances to remove them from your mouth.

While activated charcoal has been around for centuries and was once used for accidental poison ingestion, it has recently started being used to whiten teeth. While activated charcoal has not been scientifically proven to whiten teeth, many people swear by it. While it may not be as effective as whitening strips or gels, it is a natural option that will most likely not cause tooth sensitivity.

Professional Teeth Whitening

If you want a noticeably whiter smile, getting a professional treatment is the best option. At Aspen Hill Dental in Wheat Ridge, we can help whiten your teeth by creating custom whitening trays for you and professional-grade whitening gel. With this, you can do at home treatments with strong and effective teeth whitening gel. This allows you to get the best results in the comfort of your own home.

Whether your teeth are stained from coffee, wine, soda, smoking, or simply aging, there are many methods that can help you enjoy a brighter and whiter smile. Feel confident with your smile again by simply whitening your teeth. If you want a professional whitening treatment, be sure to schedule an appointment at Aspen Hill Dental. We offer whitening as well as many other cosmetic services to help you feel confident with your smile. Contact us with any questions you may have. We look forward to helping you brighten those pearly whites.