Teeth Whitening At Home

at-home teeth whitening Over time, a number of different factors could lead to unsightly stains forming on our smiles. To remove them and offer a smile brightened by several shades, your Kahoka, MO, dentist may suggest professional teeth whitening. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at our unique at-home system!

The Causes of Your Teeth Stains

Often, what we eat and drink could impact the color of our teeth. For example, drinks with dark pigments and tannins, like coffee, red wine, tea, and soda, could cause discoloration. Sugary foods and beverages could leave behind particles that feed bacteria and cause plaque buildup, which in turn makes stains more visible. Smoking and tobacco use have also stained teeth, as well as lack of routine preventive treatments, like checkups and cleanings. As part of your treatment process, we assess the cause and severity of your stains, and choose the most appropriate treatment option!

Our At-Home System

For many, we may suggest our home-based teeth whitening procedure. We start by creating a set of custom-made plastic trays. We then send you home with these trays, along with a powerful bleaching gel. At home, you will fill the trays with the gel and wear them, usually between 30 and 45 minutes a day. The trays help ensure even results and after a week to ten days, you could have a smile brightened by several shades. The trays and leftover gel are then available for future use down the road. If you have permanent teeth stains, also known as intrinsic discoloration, and they don’t respond to teeth whitening measures, we can still help! Dental bonding and porcelain veneers allow our team to mask discoloration and also instantly improve the shape of the teeth as well. No matter the cause or severity, we have options to help you achieve a brighter smile.

The Downsides of Store-Bought Whitening

Many people are tempted by store bought options, but these can have downsides. For example, whitening toothpastes often contain abrasive agents that could wear down enamel and cause tooth sensitivity. Whitening strips could also lead to sensitivity and if used improperly, a translucent appearance in your smile. In addition, the new results are rarely very dramatic and don’t last as long as those created with professional systems. If you have any questions about obtaining a brighter smile, or about any of our other treatment options, then please contact our team today.


We know how important an attractive smile is, and we want to help with professional teeth whitening. If you have any questions about our approach to cosmetic dentistry, then contact your Kahoka, MO, dentist, Dr. Barbour, right away at (660) 727-4746.