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4 Dentist-Approved Teeth Whitening Secrets for a Celebrity Smile

The scoop on teeth whitening options from at-home remedies to professional treatment

Teeth whitening is one of the quickest and cost effective ways to do achieve a celebrity-worthy smile. Not only does teeth whitening transform your smile, studies show whiter teeth make you look younger - woot!

If you’re considering teeth whitening, you have options both at-home and at your dentist’s office. At Midlothian Dental Center, teeth whitening is about more than the color of your teeth - it’s about restoring your confidence. Our team of experts can guide you through your options and recommend the level of whitening that’s right for you.

Here are four ways to get a celebrity worthy white smile -


Prevention is key. If you've whitened your teeth or are considering it, it's important to develop daily habits that maintain their brightness.

To keep your teeth white, use a straw when drinking dark drinks like coffee and tea. These drinks can stain your teeth. If you’re drinking something like red wine or you simply don’t have a straw for your iced tea, keep a water handy to swish your teeth after you finish drinking a dark beverage.


To make your smile whiter, use an electric toothbrush and whitening toothpaste or mouthwash. These are all great solutions for minor discoloration.

  • Electric Toothbrush: An electric toothbrush can be more effective in cleaning your teeth and gums - meaning less plaque build up. Here at Midlothian Dental Center we often recommend the Oral B Braun to our patients.
  • Whitening Toothpaste: Over the counter whitening toothpastes do work but we don't always recommend them because they can be too abrasive for your teeth. If you do decide to use a whitening toothpaste, we'd recommend trying Crest 3D White.
  • Mouthwash: You can also use a mouthwash that has both hydrogen peroxide, for whitening, and fluoride, for strengthening.

Keep in mind that overuse of teeth whitening products can make your teeth more sensitive. Ask your dentist before you begin using any whitening products, especially if you already experience some tooth sensitivity.


At-home whitening is a great option for those looking for moderate whitening, convenience, and low cost.

There are many at-home whitening kits available at your local pharmacy. Many of them involve carefully painting each tooth or dealing with awkward-fitting molds.

Midlothian Dental Center can help make at-home whitening easier. Rather than use a store-bought kit, we recommend a professional-grade at-home whitening gel. Our team can custom-fit and mold trays for your teeth, using a whitening gel. This helps you get even, natural whitening - and celebrity-level results.


Whitening at the dentist’s office is the best option for professional celebrity worthy white teeth. If you’re looking for professional results quickly, this option is for you.

It takes just one hour at our office in Midlothian (located in Richmond, Va.) to significantly whiten your teeth. Your teeth can become up to eight shades lighter in just three sessions. You will see noticeable results on the same day. It doesn’t get any easier than that!

How does it work? We use ZOOM! Whitening! In one visit, we apply bleaching gel, and use low-heat light to activate the gel and remove stains.

ZOOM! is a time-efficient, safe, and effective way to whiten, and also gives you immediate results. (And even though you are getting celebrity-smile results, it is often less expensive than patients expect).

Ready to brighten your smile, celebrity-style? We’re ready to help. Contact us today for a free smile consultation!