Increase Your Confidence: Take Your Teeth a Shade Lighter

Yellow and stained teeth are a thing of the past—or at least they can be. Teeth whitening is one of the easiest and most commonly requested ways to quickly improve the appearance of your smile. There are several ways in which you can get your teeth to a lighter shade, and the two primary places to get the shade you’re looking for is either at-home or in the dental office. Read more below to find out which options are most effective. 


It can be hard to argue the perks of pursuing an at-home teeth whitening regimen. They are often the most cost effective options available. With their decreased cost, however, they tend to be less effective than in office whitening. Some of the most simple options are most likely the ones you have already heard of:

  • Whitening toothpaste: This special kind of toothpaste typically contains special abrasives that gently polish the teeth. It also contains chemicals, such as peroxide, that help break down and dissolve stains. Using this product can take around 6 weeks or more to see a lighter shade appear on the teeth.
  • Teeth whitening strips: This whitening method can be more effective than using a tooth whitening toothpaste, and it uses similar kinds of chemicals. It does not contain the abrasives that whitening toothpastes have, which can be better for dental health. This method requires you to wear the whitening strips twice a day for roughly two weeks for you to see your results.

When using both of these methods it is important to only use products that are endorsed by the American Dental Association and use the products as they are recommended. Whitening toothpaste and teeth whitening strips can more or less be effective ways of whitening teeth but they still pale in comparison to the products available at the disposal of your dentist.

Take-home teeth whitening kits: This method involves going to your dentist and being fitted for a teeth whitening tray that can be taken home. Your dentist will also send you with a teeth whitening gel that is often higher in concentration than anything you are able to get at the store. Your dentist will have special instructions on how to properly use this method and it can be much more effective than other take-home methods.


Professional in-office teeth whitening is the quickest and easiest way to obtain the smile of your dreams. The process itself only takes about two hours to complete and will have you leaving the dentist office with a smile that can be several shades lighter than the one you walked in with. The level of shade reached is determined by several factors. The more stained teeth are, the more difficult they are to whiten. This type of staining can come from drink, food, or lifestyle habits. Even if they are stained, whitening is still possible. The only time when whitening is not possible is when the stained areas are artificial, such as veneers, crowns or fillings. Before beginning the whitening process, your gums will be protected either with special gels or rubber dams. Professional teeth whitening typically involves the use of special, highly concentrated gels, that only dentists can use. This method gets rid of stains deeper than surface level, and does a significantly better job than methods of those that can be bought at the store. At the end of treatment, there is typically a small increase in tooth sensitivity that will subside after a few days. 

Getting your teeth whitened in the office can not only have you feeling like you’re a celebrity, it will have you looking like one too. Teeth whitening can be the most dramatic way to improve your smile in the shortest amount of time. One of the other biggest chief complaints of an imperfect smile is having un-straight teeth. Our practice also offers Invisalign® which together with our powerful teeth whitening application, will give you a smile to be proud of. At The Dentist of Siouxland, we can give you the prizewinning smile of your dreams. Schedule an appointment today for a consultation.

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3434 S. Lakeport St.
Sioux City, IA 51106
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