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A dull, yellow, and unattractive smile can hinder your self-esteem. Fortunately, there are many over-the-counter whitening treatments available in Tampa, Florida, that can help you brighten your teeth within the walls of your own home. However, no matter which product you choose, make sure it has been approved by the American Dental Association. That way you know it is a safe and effective product that can help you reach the smile you’re looking for.

The first treatment is using whitening toothpaste. Whitening toothpaste can brighten your smile if you use it twice a day in your oral hygiene routine. It does not usually contain bleach, but it typically contains carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide, which are whitening agents that help remove the stains from the surfaces of your teeth. Generally, the whitening toothpaste can bring your smile one shade lighter and can help remove unattractive stains.

The second treatment is using whitening strips. Whitening strips are thin and clear and they fit over your teeth. Fortunately, they can brighten your smile in about two weeks because they are covered in a peroxide-based gel. When using the strips, you should place them over your teeth twice a day for 30 minutes each time.

The third treatment is using whitening gel. Whitening gel is a clear, peroxide-based liquid that you can apply to your chompers with a little brush. Each treatment will have specific instructions for giving you the white, bright, and healthy smile you deserve, so make sure you follow those instructions so you keep your smile protected during treatment.

Please note: These treatments can only remove minor surface stains from your smile, so if you have extreme discoloration in your teeth, it’s best to consult Dr. Gerald Spoto about a professional whitening treatment. Our teeth whitening is available in both in-office and take-home systems. Please call Pro Spoto Dental at (813) 884-3287 for information or to schedule an appointment.