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How to Get White Teeth: A Complete Teeth Whitening Guide

If you have ever wished your teeth were whiter and brighter, you’re not alone; how do you get whiter teeth? Nowadays, people are concerned with every facet of health and appearance. The desire for whiter teeth has grown right along with the ability to be healthier and look more youthful. In response to demand, many techniques for teeth whitening have emerged and are available for use. In fact, teeth whitening has become the most popular requested procedure in cosmetic dentistry. Perhaps this is because teeth whitening works. Choosing the right system and sticking with it will ensure a noticeable before and after difference. 

Many people want to know what exactly teeth whitening involve. In some way, every kind of whitening involves placing a substance on or in contact with the teeth so the chemicals can act on the teeth drawing out any stains. Most systems use hydrogen peroxide to whiten teeth, though the percentage of this active ingredient is much lower in at home systems as opposed to whitening treatments a person can receive in-office with the dentist. Generally, most systems involve whitening agents which help remove stains to make teeth brighter. However, some systems provided in-office by dentists actually use bleaching agents to bleach the teeth whiter. Some systems in-office also use laser light to help make the whitening and/or bleaching agents more effective. All of these options mean that almost everyone can find an ideal teeth whitening option.

Is it safe, though? Hearing terms like bleaching and laser can make someone understandably wary. The good news is, at home procedures are low dose and very safe for self-monitored use, and kits provided by your dentist or used in-office can be supervised by a professional so you can be sure you’ll be safe when you whiten. 

Does whitening work? Yes. While it is important to remember that different whitening methods will affect people in different ways, whitening as a whole is very effective. Extrinsic stains – those on the outside of the teeth – which are usually yellow, are especially responsive to whitening agents. Consulting a dentist before beginning whitening treatment is important because some stains are more resistant to whitening and require specialised treatment, but the bottom line is dentists now agree almost every stain can be improved with whitening. 

Many people would like to learn more about the whitening process but are overwhelmed about the amount of information available; this is why we have provided this guide with all the information necessary to learn about how to get whiter teeth. Because our guide contains several articles, we have provided below a table of contents which may help give you an idea of where to begin reading our Complete Teeth Whitening Guide. 



If you would like to know about all the options for different types of whitening systems, How to Whiten Teeth at Home will get you started. This page details options for home whitening and the different types of prescription whitening available through your dentist to use at home as well as the pros and cons of each type. 

If you would prefer to do in-office treatment, which is powerful and quick acting, Dentist Teeth Whitening will provide many useful tips for getting the most out of this type of whitening experience.

Need more details to decide if teeth whitening is right for you or which kind to pursue? Our page of advice, Teeth Whitening Buyers Guide, will help answer many FAQs about the whitening process. 

As everyone knows, nothing comes free. If you’re concerned about the costs of teeth whitening, where your money goes, and what the most affordable options may be, How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost? will help you figure out these money matters. 

Confused about the number of products available? Our page of reviews, Teeth Whitening Reviews, will provide some tips for comparing different products and how to read reviews with a critical eye.