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Whiten Teeth for a Bright Smile

The other day I looked in the mirror and noticed my teeth had taken on a coffee colored hue. That was definitely not my ideal look. What happened to those pearly whites and what are my best options to whiten my teeth? This post shares the information I discovered and some of it may surprise you. It did me.

What besides coffee, tea, and purple Kool-Aid discolors teeth?

What are the options for the whitest teeth and brightest smile?

There are two basic types of options: the cheap ones and those that are expensive. Unfortunately, most intrinsic discoloration of teeth will need expensive options. Just in case you don’t know, intrinsic simply means the discoloration is internal to the tooth and cannot be removed by brushing or whitening treatments.


Tooth discoloration from coffee are termed extrinsic stains and are easily removed. Let’s take a look at the cheap options first and tackle those extrinsic stains.

Cheap options

Now for the expensive options

These options become necessary when your teeth can not be whitened using superficial stain removers.

Fortunately for me, I can whiten my teeth using a less expensive option. If that were not the case, I would first contact my local dental society to see what they might offer. My next step would be to find dental insurance that covered veneers. They’re out there, I checked. Another option I wouldn’t discount is contacting the nearest dental school to get a price. When I contacted the University Of Washington School Of Dentistry, the nice lady on the other end of the phone told me that as a general rule their prices are 20% – 40% lower than local dentists in Seattle charge. In your area, it may be different.

There, now you know everything I know about getting teeth as white as possible so you never have to cover them when you smile.

Now go have fun and relax.

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