Whitening Your Smile

Whitening Your Smile

You’d like a WHITER SMILE: How to get One!

There are MANY different ways to get a Whiter Smile.  When you are trying to figure out which way is best for you, it is always beneficial to discuss your options with your dentist or hygienist.  This way you get the most current information that is appropriate for your situation.



Toothpastes that are labeled ‘Whitening’ will whiten your teeth by removing exterior staining.  They are able to do this by adding a mild abrasive material to the toothpaste. The amount of whitening you will achieve with a toothpaste is minimal.  This is the least expensive and easiest way to brighten your smile.

*There are several choices of whitening toothpastes that you can purchase over the counter.

*When choosing a whitening toothpaste remember to look for the ADA seal of Approval.

*Remember that any whitening product will not whiten Fillings or Crowns.

**It is not recommended to use a whitening toothpaste if you have gum recession as the abrasives in the toothpaste will wear away exposed root surface and can lead to sensitivity. **

Whitening Strips:

There are several different types of whitening strips that you can purchase over the counter. The strips are coated with a whitening material at a low concentration.

*Whitening strips will mildly ‘bleach’ the teeth and can give better results than whitening toothpaste alone.

*Remember to look for the ADA seal of approval.

*Whitening strips are not custom fit and therefore do not fit every mouth ideally. This can lead to ineffective whitening and poor compliance.

*Whitening strips will not whiten Fillings or Crowns

*Whitening strips are more expensive than whitening toothpaste, but less expensive than professional whitening from your dentist.


Professional Take Home Whitening Kits:

Made at your dental office, Take Home Whitening Kits are custom made whitening trays.  Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth and use these to fabricate whitening trays that are custom fit to your teeth. These trays will then be given to you with the whitening material to take home and use. This offers several advantages over the store bought whitening strips:

*A better fit means better compliance and more effective whitening

*Because they are custom fit and provided by a dental office, the whitening gel used has a higher concentration of whitening material which can give you more optimum whitening results.

*Done in the comfort of your own home with wear times ranging from 30 minutes to overnight.

*Take home whitening is more expensive than whitening toothpaste or store bought whitening strips, however, because of the higher concentration of whitening material the results will most often be much more noticeable.

*Done with your dentist’s supervision and guidance to provide you with the ultimate whitening experience

*Take Home Whitening Kits do not whiten Fillings or Crowns.


In Office Whitening:

In office whitening is a safe dentist supervised procedure done in the dental office.  It can take between 1-2 hours and 1-2 visits.  The dentist will place a power bleaching gel on your teeth and sometimes use a light to help activate the whitening material.

*This is the most expensive way to whiten your teeth.

*The results are most often very noticeable even after one treatment.

*Great for patients who cannot tolerate take home trays or for those patients who do not feel they have the required time or patience for take home trays.

*In Office Whitening will not whiten Fillings or Crowns.


****It is always best to discuss your whitening options with your dentist. That way you can make an informed decision as to which whitening system is best for you based on your dental health and needs. *****

Division Dental Studio
1900 Division St. #2
Bemidji, MN 56601