Enhance Your Smile With Teeth Whitening!
You can enhance your smile quickly with teeth whitening. It is valued by both men and women.
Treatments are available for any budget. Whether you’d like to go to your dentist office or prefer
to whiten teeth at home, you can find a solution for whitening your teeth.
Anyone who wants to whiten their teeth will see a substantial improvement in brightness and have the
WOW factor of their teeth with the best teeth whitening products. However, it isn’t going to stay
that way forever. You’ll have to do touch-ups to keep your smile white. In this article, we will make teeth whitening easy to understand and explain the processes involved, and why discoloration occurs in the first place.
What is the difference between bleaching and whitening your teeth?
Bleaching can only be permitted when the natural color of teeth can be further whitened,
according to the FDA. These products actually contain a bleaching agent, it is usually carbamide peroxide
or hydrogen peroxide.
Whitening is referred to restoring a tooth’s color on its surface by removing debris and dirt. Technically, a product used to clean the teeth such as toothpaste is considered a whitener as well. ‘Whitening’ sounds better than ‘bleaching’ and is used much more frequently. This happens even with products that have bleach in them.
Bleaching happens in the dental office or with professional at home products. Most dental offices offer a powerful and fast acting hydrogen peroxide. The concentrations can be as high as 40% or as low as 9%.
At home, you will most likely use a carbamide peroxide. It becomes hydrogen peroxide when it
breaks down and is safer to use at home. It has about ⅓ the strength of hydrogen peroxide. If you have a solution of 15% carbamide peroxide it is about equal to 5% hydrogen peroxide. Our product is a 36% Carbamide Peroxide that breaks down into the equivalent 12% Hydrogen Peroxide. This is one of the more advanced formulas on the market for an at home kit.
Taking a look at our enamel, most of us start out life with white teeth. This is due to their porcelain-like enamel surface. Composed of microscopic rods, enamel protects the teeth from acid attacks, trauma, gnashing
and chewing. Over the years it wears down. The yellow color of dentin, which is the core material
of your teeth, then begins to show.
When you chew, dentin remains while many micro cracks happen in the enamel. Those cracks
and rods have space between them, allowing stains and debris. Eventually, the teeth will obtain
a dull appearance.
Stains and debris can be removed by teeth whitening, which leaves the cracks open. Some of
these cracks are remineralized by a person’s saliva, but others won’t be. They end up filling
again with dirt and debris. Our kit provides a remineralization gel to put on your teeth after the teeth whitening process.
The Two Types of Tooth Stains:
1) Tooth Discoloration Extrinsic Staining
2) Intrinsic Staining
Stains that appear on the surface of the teeth are extrinsic stains. They are the result of
exposure to certain beverages, tobacco, and foods that cause wear and tear. These stains are
minor and can be removed just with brushing and dental cleaning. Stubborn stains can be
removed with teeth whitening. If not dealt with early, they can become ingrained.
Stains on the interior of the teeth are intrinsic. They result from exposure to minerals, aging, and
trauma. They were once thought too tough to deal with even with bleaching. Today though, even these
can be dealt with by advanced take-home teeth whitening. If all else fails, there are dental veneers
as an option.
Keeping Your Results
To extend the longevity of a white smile, your dentist may recommend:
● Whitening at home as maintenance. This could be immediately or even just once a year.
● Avoid dark beverages and foods for at least a week after whitening.
● When possible use a straw to sip beverages.
● Practicing great hygiene, this means brushing and flossing after you eat and before you
go to bed.