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Your tooth enamel has microscopic pores and textures on the surface that can trap dark particles from the foods and beverages you consume. If they’re not removed in short order, they will gradually start to penetrate the tooth enamel. Sometimes you can prevent this from happening by using whitening toothpaste or whitening strips.

Using whitening toothpaste is a popular method for brightening minor surface stains. Just keep in mind that the concentration of hydrogen peroxide whitening agents isn’t potent enough to brighten moderate to deeply stained teeth.

Whitening strips are basically clear, plastic strips that have been treated with a special topical form of hydrogen peroxide. You can conveniently wear them as you go about your day, and the casual observer won’t even notice you have them on your teeth. While the whitening strips are in your mouth, you will need to avoid drinking, eating and using tobacco products.

When you are shopping for whitening toothpaste and whitening strips, you should always look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This signifies that the active ingredients have been researched and tested by the ADA to meet rigorous guidelines for safety and effectiveness.

If your teeth are deeply stained, you’ll likely need your dentist, Dr. Michael Nguyen, to administer a dental bleaching treatment to fully whiten your smile.

If you are struggling with a dull and stained smile, you should call North Texas Dental at 903-893-2800 to understand your whitening options in Sherman, Texas.