We’re bombarded each day with advertisements and social media featuring models and celebrities with those perfectly white, glowing smiles.
How do we get that? And where do we get started? With so many products to choose from (and all of them marketed with a set of brilliant white teeth), it can be overwhelming to select the right one.
How Whitening Products Work
To choose the right whitening method, you first need to understand the mechanisms behind teeth whitening.
Teeth are whitened in two basic ways: surface stain that can be buffed away with abrasives; or a chemical that can penetrate deep into the enamel to lift embedded stain.
A whitening toothpaste that contains baking soda is a good example of the first method. Light stain on a tooth surface can be scrubbed off with the gritty texture. Other products work with an agent like hydrogen peroxide to bleach teeth with more lasting effects.
So the effectiveness of a whitener is based upon its strength, how long the tooth surface is exposed to it, and how many teeth it can access.
When using any tooth bleaching product, caution is needed. The stronger the chemical, the more likely it is to make teeth sensitive and burn the gums.
What’s the Verdict?
The most effective – and safest – method is professional tooth whitening.
This will give you access to the highest degree of whitening strength in shorter time. But it also provides you with specialized trays for whitening all of your teeth with little to no contact with your gums. Professional whitening is fast – it can be done in a single office visit.
Find out whether teeth whitening is right for you and what options you can try by scheduling a visit to your local dentist.
Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
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