5 Ways to Whiter Teeth

Posted Friday, Aug 12, 2011 by Allen B. Ury

Bright White SmileThere are many things that can discolor your teeth: wine, coffee, soda, berries and even antibiotics. There are also many ways to reverse this damage. In fact, tooth whitening has become a major industry, both in dentists’ offices and via over-the-counter products. Some of these teeth-whitening solutions are quite effective. Others, not so much. And their costs can vary considerably.

Here are five of the most popular teeth whitening methods as well as their relative strengths and weaknesses:


Brushing daily with any kind of modern toothpaste will help remove surface debris and help reduce unattractive plaque and tartar buildups from tooth enamel. There are also specific teeth whitening products that contain a mild abrasive/bleach mixture designed to actually lighten the shade of your teeth. Such products tend to be relatively inexpensive, but also less than fully effective. Also, too-frequent or prolonged brushing with these products can actually damage tooth enamel.

Bleaching Trays

These over-the-counter products require you to fit your upper and lower teeth into a metal or plastic tray filled with a bleaching substance and often sleep with them in your mouth. Many people find this very uncomfortable and the results less than spectacular. The bleaching substance can also cause enhanced tooth sensitivity in many people.

Gels and Strips

More advanced than the bleaching trays, these products, available at most pharmacies and supermarkets, are applied directly to the teeth and held for just a few minutes (instead of overnight). They can, indeed, whiten teeth a few shades in most situations, but again enhanced tooth sensitivity is an issue for many users.

Light-Accelerated Bleaching

Usually done at a dentist’s office, this method uses a special light, usually a blue-spectrum halogen lamp, to excite the molecules in a high-intensity bleach to quickly and significantly whiten tooth enamel. This is not only the most effective way to whiten teeth, but also the longest lasting. And, yes, it’s also the most expensive, with treatments often running $200 or more each.


Veneers are the only “permanent” way to a whiter smile. These are layers of resin or porcelain affixed directly to the teeth. Veneers are, of course, expensive, but they’re strong and long-lasting.

Train to be a Dental Assistant at Everest Institute in Grand Rapids

If working in a dental office is a career you would like to pursue, you can get the knowledge, training and experience you need to compete for entry-level positions in this field at Everest Institute in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The program is taught by experienced teachers who’ve actually worked as professional dental assistants, so they know the ins and outs of the business. Training includes extensive lab work in a simulated dental office where students can handle and master all the common “tools of the trade,” including a wide variety of dental instruments and lab equipment.
Upon graduation, Everest students have the support of the school’s Career Services department, which offers invaluable job-search assistance as well as personalized help with resume writing, interview preparation and professional wardrobe selection.

About the Grand Rapids Campus

Everest’s Grand Rapids campus is at 1750 Woodworth Street, NE in Grand Rapids (49524), just northwest of Woodworth Street’s terminus at the Michigan 44 Connector/Plainfield Avenue NE. In addition to its Dental Assistant program, this Everest Institute campus offers career education programs in Massage Therapy, Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Assistant, Medical Insurance Billing and Coding, and Practical Nursing.

For more information on the Dental Assistant or other career training programs, contact Everest today!

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