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On a microscopic level, your tooth enamel has microscopic textures in the mineral crystals. These surfaces can sometimes trap tiny staining particles found in the dark foods and beverages you enjoy each day. If these minor surface stains are not cleared away in a timely manner, they can start to penetrate deep into the enamel, which can leave you with a deeply stained smile.

One convenient way to do this is to periodically apply whitening strips to the teeth in your smile. The topical form of hydrogen peroxide the strips have can effectively counteract minor surface stains, removing them before they have a chance to set in.

Before purchasing a particular brand of whitening strips, you should always look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This insignia represents that the product and its active ingredients have been researched and tested to meet rigorous guidelines for safety and effectiveness.

You might also want to consider making some minor changes in your lifestyle choices. Cutting back on dark foods and beverages will go a long way toward maintaining your smile. Regular tobacco use can also cause significant stains, and you should strongly consider speaking with your physician about a tobacco cessation program.

If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening options or schedule an appointment with Dr. Pete Olberding, please call E. P. True Dental - West Des Moines, IA at (515) 224-9899 or come to our office in West Des Moines, Iowa.