Teeth Whitening Options?

In a consumer-directed video on the Business Insider (12/19, Kim, Kakoyiannis) website, American Dental Association spokesperson Dr. Ada Cooper states that there are “three essential” methods to whiten teeth, including whitening toothpastes, in-office procedures, and take-home trays. While whitening toothpastes may help remove surface stains, they do not change the intrinsic color of the tooth structure, Dr. Cooper explains. “In order to change the intrinsic color of the tooth structure,” says Dr. Cooper, “what you really need to do is use a whitening material that contains some formulation of peroxide.” This may be done with an in-office procedure or a take-home method. Dr. Cooper reminds people to consult with a dentist prior to beginning any whitening treatment.