Who doesn’t want a gleaming snow-white smile! However, it’s common for teeth to get discolored over time, due to the enamel becoming thinner and more transparent. It’s just a normal part of the aging process. Teeth also get stained from drinks like red wine, coffee, tea, and cola.

While getting your teeth professionally whitened by a dentist is the safest and most effective way to get a cleaner, brighter smile, home-whitening methods continue to be popular among consumers. If you do go the home-whitening route, be sure to have us perform a professional cleaning and mouth exam first. At Dillon Family Dentistry, we can let you know if you’re a good candidate for teeth-whitening – and a cleaning will help maximize your results.

Whitening products come in pastes, gels, pens, and strips. Be sure that the whitening products you use are approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). Peroxide, which is a bleaching agent that is generally safe for teeth, is the main ingredient in most whitening products. You’ll want to choose a product that has no more than a ten percent concentration of bleach.

Be careful if you attempt to whiten your teeth if you have dental crowns or veneers, as they won’t whiten properly and thus will not match the rest of your teeth. If you do this you might need to redo some of that work to get them to match the new pretty shade of your teeth. You should be careful whitening if your teeth are especially sensitive. We have some products that are specifically formulated for people with sensitive teeth. The process can take longer, as you might not want to do it on consecutive days and you overall expectations might be slightly lower, but they should still be able to make a nice, noticeable difference.

This Bryn Mawr dentist has been providing the current form of In-Office whitening longer than just about any other Main Line dentist. We’ve been doing it for about 15 years. We also commit to the process more fully in that we provide the in-office sessions at the beginning and end of the 2 week process.

We know that we get the best results, but still never render teeth a fake looking appearance. Any time you see fake looking, bright white teeth they were porcelain veneers or crowns made that way by somebody’s choice.

You really will get faster and more effective teeth-whitening results in our office, but as long as you use safe products that are approved by the ADA, you’ll be okay doing the whitening at home. There have been some exciting recent advances in the take-home products. If at-home whitening doesn’t get you where you want to be, we can help you get that Hollywood smile!

Please remember that at Dillon Family Dentistry, we are here for you! If you have any questions about this or anything else concerning your dental health, please give us a call at 610-525-5497, or visit our website at www.jDillonFamilyDentistry.com.