How to Achieve a Whiter Smile

Browne whiteningWe want to help you achieve a more confident smile that exudes health and wellness! Teeth whitening can actually be a vital part of maintaining optimal oral health. In today’s blog, your Prairie Village, KS, dentist talks about safe and beneficial professional whitening treatments and how to keep your teeth bright and healthy in the long run.

Professional Whitening

For professional whitening results, we offer a take-home kit that includes custom-fit trays that are comfortable and designed to fit your teeth perfectly. This allows the gel to sit in the trays without oozing out and slipping to areas where it doesn’t belong. The professional strength gel is much stronger than over-the-counter versions, yet it is safer to use. It works by breaking up the stain deposits on your teeth and oxidizing the main tooth structure underneath it. Patients love the ability to achieve whiter teeth at home in as little as one week!

Prevent Future Stains

One of the most stubborn and toxic stains to remove is tobacco stains. If you smoke, white teeth can be very hard to maintain. It not only harms your teeth but is dangerous to your systemic health. Certain foods and drinks like coffee, tea, red wine, and dark berries, contain pigmented molecules that stick to the enamel layer or in the crevices of fillings. It’s best to drink water along with these staining foods to periodically rinse your mouth. Chewing xylitol gum can also help to remove staining particles after you eat and drink.

Bacteria from poor hygiene can also cause unsightly stains. These bacteria are called chromogenic, and they can be green, brown, yellow, or orange and they are a sign of an inadequate brushing and flossing routine. These are the most embarrassing stains of all and they sometimes require professional cleaning to remove them.

Keep Them Healthy

Speaking of professional cleanings, it is important to visit the dentist every six months to keep your teeth at their brightest. It is impossible for you to keep your teeth clean all on your own. Even with the best hygiene practices, tartar will naturally build on the teeth trapping stains and bacteria. This rock-like material creates a strong bond with the enamel that cannot be disrupted with a toothbrush. So be sure and get your dental hygiene check-ups so that our excellent hygiene team can polish your teeth to a healthy bright shine!


Achieving a whiter and healthier smile can be easy with the right tools and partnership with your dental team. We are here to help! To schedule a visit today so we can discuss your whitening options, please reach out to our Prairie Village, KS dentist’s office at 913-901-8585.