Teeth Whitening: How to Achieve a Brighter Smile

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Teeth Whitening: How to Achieve a Brighter Smile


There is a cheesy effect that some filmmakers use in movies to emphasize how attractive a certain character is: the good ol’ tooth sparkle. You know the one. As soon as it flashes across the screen, you instantly think, “ok, that guy’s a real catch”, right?

Too bad there isn’t a way in real life to capture someone’s attention like that…

Or is there?

According to a study in the journal PLOS One, both men and women are highly attracted to bright white smiles, something easily obtained with professional teeth whitening. A brighter smile can help you gain the confidence to walk into an interview with your head held high or strike up a conversation with your gorgeous next-door neighbor. Though a “tooth sparkle” button may only exist in fiction, there are several ways to help you achieve the beautiful white smile of your dreams.

Store-bought teeth whitening options

It’s not hard to find teeth whitening products at your local grocery store. In fact, most brands of toothpaste have several different varieties that claim to whiten teeth in just one tube! Their ability to whiten depends on the concentration of hydrogen peroxide in the mix. Toothpastes with 1% to 1.5% concentrations are adequate for surface stains, but won’t penetrate the enamel.

Your next option is over-the- counter teeth whitening strips. Most strips contain 6% to 10% hydrogen peroxide, which can help bubble away stains. These store-bought strips can be very effective, but you have to be careful and apply them correctly or you could end up with unevenly white teeth.


Some things to remember:

  • Teeth whitening is not a one-time thing. You will need to “touch up” periodically.
  • Whitening agents do not work on caps, crowns, or fillings. If you have had dental work done, make sure to talk with your dentist before trying to whiten your teeth.

Professional teeth whitening


Teeth whitening is one of the most popular dental treatments in cosmetic dentistry, which is why the dentists at Valley Dental Group offer a variety of options to fit every budget. Prescription whitening strips are our most basic whitening tool, and they also tend to be the cheapest. Much stronger than store-bought varieties, these prescription dental strips work great in a pinch and can brighten your smile quickly.

The next step up is custom whitening trays, which usually contain a hydrogen peroxide concentration of 10% to 15%. The dentist will fit your mouth with a mold and supply you with a syringe full of whitening gel for you to use at home. The custom tray will ensure that the gel is applied evenly, producing some pretty impressive results. While these usually have a higher up-front cost than teeth whitening strips, the refills are cheaper, which makes it easier to maintain.

At Valley Dental Group, we take your oral health very seriously, and we are always eager to help you achieve your most beautiful smile. We are proud to provide the prescription strength strips and custom tray whitening, so please contact us to discuss your options today!


Give us a call at 425-271- 1727 to find out more about teeth whitening!