One of the most dramatic ways to improve your smile; brighten it! Many people are curious about the best way to whiten a smile. It may be wise to start by speaking with Dr. Kelson about these methods. He will be able to tell you which method will be most effective for you. Some types of teeth will bleach better than others. Whitening may not enhance the smile for patients with fillings or crowns in their front teeth, as the bleaching does not affect these materials. At Home bleaching: Our office can make a set of bleaching trays in a matter of days, allowing you to bleach over a period of a few weeks. A gel containing a 10% carbamide peroxide solution will be the means to whiten your teeth. While the change takes longer and requires more applications, the effect is almost equal. There may be some sensitivity to temperatures or tissue irritation. This sensitivity is temporary and should lessen after treatment is completed. There are also a variety of whitening toothpastes offered on the market. These are mild alternatives and often take a lot of time to see results. If you are at all concerned or have questions about whitening please do not hesitate to contact our staff as we are more than happy to answer any questions you may have.