Your Guide to Professional Teeth Whitening Grand Rapids

Many of us would love to have beautiful white smiles, however, when it comes to over the counter products like whitening toothpaste, strips, or even trays, we don’t get the results we want. If you haven’t achieved the results you want with over the counter teeth whitening products, we recommend trying professional teeth whitening. Your Grand Rapids dentist will be able to help you get the white smile you want so you can feel confident, without having to risk the chemical exposure that comes with store-bought teeth whitening products. To learn more about professional teeth whitening, keep reading. 

What Causes Discoloration in Teeth?

The best way to keep your teeth looking white is to learn what causes tooth discoloration in the first place. 

While professional teeth whitening removes most surface stains from your teeth, you need to understand what causes stained or abnormally colored teeth to avoid having your radiant smile fade. Below, you’ll find the main causes of teeth staining.

Staining Foods and Drinks

If you’re like most Americans, you probably look forward to your cup of coffee each day. 

Unfortunately, drinking too much coffee can discolor your teeth over time. 

Alongside coffee are things like wine, sugary beverages, and sugary fruits. 

To keep your teeth a pearly white color, you’ll want to either cut down on or eliminate pop, wine, sweets, and other teeth-staining foods from your diet.

Now, we understand that coffee is an essential part of some peoples’ diets. If you’re a coffee-lover, try keeping water with you as well. A swig of water after a few sips of coffee will help flush the coffee residue off your teeth. It’s not a guaranteed way to keep your teeth clean, but it will help.

This water trick is also beneficial for after taking sips of wine. Not only will it cleanse your palate so you can enjoy the flavor of the wine better, but it’ll help keep your teeth whiter. 

General Aging

As we get older, it’s only natural for teeth to fade. Don’t be alarmed if you notice your smile starts to turn a slight shade of yellow, gray, or brown as you age. There’s not a lot that can be done to prevent natural discoloration because we all have to eat. 

You don’t have to let your teeth stay discolored, though. A professional teeth whitening treatment at a cosmetic dentistry will brighten your smile to its original shade of white. This way, even as you grow, you can continue to smile confidently for family photos and at social gatherings.

Don’t let your aging teeth hold you back. Trust your local dentist to help give you the smile that makes your entire face glow. 

Tobacco Use

Tobacco is one of—if not the leading cause—of discolored teeth. 

People who smoke often have yellowed or gray teeth. This is because the chemicals in cigarettes and other tobacco products are harmful to your teeth and the rest of your body.

Smoking or leaving chewing products in your gums is like blasting your mouth with a nasty paint. Over time, that paint rots and distorts your teeth. On top of that, tobacco can cause oral cancer and other health concerns. 

As your local dentist, we strongly advise against the use of tobacco products like cigarettes. We want your teeth to look the best they can, but we also want you to have a healthy body behind the smile. 

What Are the Benefits of a Professional Teeth Whitening?

If at-home teeth whitening products haven’t worked, it may be time to schedule a consultation with a teeth whitening dentist. 

During your teeth whitening appointment, your dentist will be able to use stronger products so you can achieve the shade of white you want. The whitening treatment you get in the dentist’s chair is similar in method to the at-home whitening kits, except it’s safer for you and offers better results! 

Faster Results

Not only are the results of a professional teeth whitening better, but they’re also faster. Unlike over-the-counter whitening products, you’ll notice the difference in your smile right away

With just one application, your teeth will be multiple shades brighter after being professionally whitened by your family dentist. In contrast, you’d have to use whitening strips for several days to get your teeth to desired whiteness.

Your dentist can also create specifically designed whiting trays for your oral structure. Over the counter products are too generic. They try to serve everyone rather than being specifically tailored to each individual person. 

Dental whitening trays are made for your teeth and designed to give your teeth the specific shade you want. 

Less Sensitivity

Whiten your smile at your dentist’s office to avoid the tooth sensitivity associated with over-the-counter teeth whitening products. 

For example, many whitening gels sold in supermarkets can make your teeth sensitive. Professional teeth whitening products from the dentist’s office, on the other hand, reduce tooth sensitivity. 

This is again because dental teeth whitening solutions are specifically designed or chosen for your teeth. Store advertisements may say a product works for everyone, but the degree to which it’ll work and the side effects it causes often vary. 

Evenly Whitens

Have you ever experienced uneven whitening from the generic whitening trays you get at the store? 

Generic whitening trays or strips often leave some teeth discolored because they’re not placed properly or the bleach concentration in them is too low to alter the color of all your teeth. 

If you want the job done right so that your smile is evenly white, it may be time to treat yourself to a professional teeth whitening appointment.


Even though the whitening results you get at the dentist’s office are more powerful, they are safer than a lot of over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments.

Dental teeth whitening solutions are tested and approved, while over the counter products are often a gamble because what they contain, and the level of that chemical greatly varies. 

There are name brands that you can sometimes trust, but the solutions they offer are often limited and only last a short period of time. For more information on what to avoid, check out our blog on Teeth Whitening Myths >> 

If you have ever experienced gum, cheek, or tongue irritation after trying over-the-counter products, we recommend you stop wasting money on store-bought products and ask your dentist about professional teeth whitening. 

Need Teeth Whitening in Grand Rapids? 

The Grand Rapids dentists at Lake Michigan Dental strive to help patients achieve beautiful healthy smiles. If you are interested in our professional teeth whitening services, feel free to contact us online or give us a call at (616) 453-8211.