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What are options for teeth whitening?

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You've got two options: in-office-based teeth bleaching, or at-home care.

Both tooth-whitening options use peroxide-based bleaching agents. At-home systems contain from 3% to 20% peroxide (carbamide or hydrogen peroxides). In-office systems contain from 15% to 43% peroxide.

SOURCES:

American Dental Association: "Tooth Whitening."

British Society for Oral Medicine: "Oral Hygiene."

Harvard Medical School: "Tooth-Bleaching: Better Left Up to a Dentist."

Kimberly Herrig, registered dental hygienist, Los Angeles, Calif.

National Institutes of Health: "Discoloration Of Dental Pellicle By Tannic Acid."

National Institutes of Health: "Iron Staining Of The Acquired Enamel Pellicle After Exposure To Tannic Acid Or Chlorhexidine: Preliminary Report."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on November 13, 2018

SOURCES:

American Dental Association: "Tooth Whitening."

British Society for Oral Medicine: "Oral Hygiene."

Harvard Medical School: "Tooth-Bleaching: Better Left Up to a Dentist."

Kimberly Herrig, registered dental hygienist, Los Angeles, Calif.

National Institutes of Health: "Discoloration Of Dental Pellicle By Tannic Acid."

National Institutes of Health: "Iron Staining Of The Acquired Enamel Pellicle After Exposure To Tannic Acid Or Chlorhexidine: Preliminary Report."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on November 13, 2018

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