Frank is a smoker and his teeth are healthy but stained. He can not get rid of the coloration with tooth brushing so he is looking for alternatives. Should he go for Crest WhiteStrips or get a professional bleaching?
A professional bleaching costs much more money than WhiteStrips. And who knows if the strips work at all? He was not sure what to do. He wanted to visit his dentist anyway and so he asked him for advice.
The first thing the dentist recommended was to get a professional cleaning. This can remove a lot of the discoloration caused by smoking or other reasons. It is also not too expensive and healthy for your teeth. If there should be anything left then a bleaching can be considered.
Frank got the cleaning done which brought pretty good results. But he should have had such cleanings more often in the past. At least once per quarter. He is a strong smoker and not all of discoloration could be removed. A bleeching was the only choice.
The doctor told him that he could also try Crest WhiteStrips. It is a good product he said but not as strong as a in-house bleaching. If the WhiteStrips do not bring the results he could come back.
But from where does the staining come? The smoke of a cigarette leaves dark materials on the tooth enamel. If you are mild smoker you should be able to remove it with simple brushing. The doctor did not recommend one of these popular smokers toothpastes though. He said they are abrasive and when you use them frequently you can irreversibly hurt your enamel.
If you can not get rid of the dark material with brushing then the professional cleaning will remove most of it. Intrinsic stain is something different though. If you believe your teeth are too dark then you can get a bleeching. If even the professional bleaching does not help, you can get porcelain veneers. But they are very expensive.
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Frank Denber is an expert author on cosmetic dentistry. His articles about porcelain veneers, dental implants and teeth whitening have been published on numerous web sites, forums, blogs and ezines all over the Internet.