Many people nowadays are looking to have their teeth whitened. The market for over the counter whitening products, from whitening treatments to toothpaste, as well as treatments from your dentist is growing every year. There are many different ways to whiten your teeth, but all techniques use one of two ways to produce results. So how exactly does tooth whitening work?
1. Bleaching Methods
The first way tooth whitening works is through bleaching procedures. These methods change your natural tooth color anywhere between five and seven shades whiter. This is the method used by in-office whitening and the trays you can buy at your local grocery store. The bleach products contain an active ingredient (usually carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide) to help remove surface as well as deep-set stains. Bleaching methods include the following treatments:
- Chairside Bleaching: a light-activated whitening session at your dentist’s office. These give instant, dramatic results and can last for about a year. After this year, however, your teeth will become slightly discolored again and you will need another treatment to regain your white teeth.
- Mouthpiece: Your dentist can create a custom mouthpiece for use at your home. Typically, you’ll wear the mouthpiece several hours a day or overnight for a two week period. Then you’ll wear it again as new stains develop.
- Over the Counter Trays: these are bought at your local drugstore or grocery store and include boil and bite application as well as whitening strips.
2. Non-Bleaching Methods
On the other hand, non-bleaching procedures work to remove surface stains through either physical or chemical action. All toothpaste, in a sense, is a whitening agent since they use mild abrasion to remove surface stains. Special whitening toothpaste adds in special chemical and polishing agents to aid in stain removal. Dentists also use abrasion during regular cleaning checkups to remove most of the external staining on your teeth caused by the effects of food.
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