The Real Truth About Tooth Whitening

Tooth Whitening

Bright and shiny – that is the only way your smile should be. Whoever said that no outfit is complete without a smile, understood the power behind a genuine smile. A beautiful, white smile can help you look healthier, younger and more vibrant. Moreover, it is a great self-confidence booster.

However, as we age, our teeth age as well – they start to lose their shine, brightness and tend to stain and become yellowish and darker. One of the main reasons for this is the consumption of certain foods and beverages such as wine and coffee. You may try to avoid their consumption, but it all mainly depends on the structure of your teeth and your teeth bones. Because of that, in order to obtain a healthy, shiny smile, many people visit their local dentist.

Today, there is a wide variety of teeth whitening options available, therefore, you can find many teeth whitening straps, gels and toothpastes in drug stores and department stores whose manufacturers claim to be effective. Still, their effectiveness can vary depending on the patient’s teeth. Today,  the most effective way of teeth whitening has proven to be professional teeth whitening.

  • So, if you have been thinking about buying a toothpaste with the hopes of making your teeth whiter, you should be aware of the fact that whitening toothpastes have been criticized for containing abrasive particles that can wear the tooth enamel. They contain hydrogen peroxide or anti-staining agents and usually cost a few dollars more than regular toothpastes.
  • Home-use bleaching kits involve putting hydrogen peroxide in bleaching trays which patients wear over their teeth at night for about two weeks. These home-use bleaching kits are the second most popular solution when it comes to teeth whitening. Their manufacturers claim that they can lighten the colour of the teeth by up to 6-8 shades from their initial colour.
  • The most popular and most efficient, therefore most expensive teeth whitening solution, is laser teeth whitening. This procedure takes between 15 minutes and 1 hour and dentists claim that it can lighten your teeth up to eleven shades. With this method a hydrogen peroxide solution that is painted onto the teeth of the patient is subjected to a strong light that speeds up the whitening process.

All of these techniques target stain particles that form from foods and drinks that get trapped in the surface layers of tooth enamel. The aim of toothpastes is to remove them, while hydrogen peroxide bleaches them. Generally, all of these teeth-whitening procedures are safe and effective, but before deciding to apply one of them, you should definitely consult your local dentist who will give you some advice as to which one is the better option for you.

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