Amazing Teeth Whitening That Actually Works
You can find a long history of teeth whitening through the ages, including both ancient Egypt and China, who used pumice, vinegar, and herbs. Even ancient Rome used teeth whiteners in the form of urine, for the ammonia content. In the 17th century, barbers were the primary caretakers of teeth as well as hair. They would file the surface of teeth and apply an acid to whiten them, which would eventually destroy the enamel. Today, we have far safer and more hygienic ways to whiten teeth. Some methods you can use at home, and some have to be done in a dentist’s office. Each method has benefits and drawbacks, so choose the tooth whitening method that will be best for you.
7 Active QuestionsAdd a Question
This is largely personal preference since both methods of teeth whitening can get good results. When seeing a dentist to whiten your teeth, the procedure is often faster since they can use higher quality gels and lights, and can monitor your progress. This is also usually accompanied by a higher price tag. At-home teeth whitening kits can be extremely affordable, so if you go this route, make sure to choose high-quality products. These types of kits often take more applications, however, so it may take longer to get the results that you want. Note that you do not need specially made trays made for your mouth. The type that you boil and bite into for the proper form is just fine.
Unfortunately, this is usually not the case. Tooth whitening toothpaste has two drawbacks. One is that there is not a high enough concentration of whitening agents in the toothpaste, and the other is that toothpaste is not left on the teeth long enough to affect. It may, over time, help to prevent additional staining, but you shouldn't expect remarkable results from whitening toothpaste.
Generally, there are very few side effects to whitening your teeth. Some people may experience sensitivity to heat or cold when biting into foods, though this is uncommon. Other people can experience some irritation or discomfort around the gum line, and this fades after a day or two.
By themselves, the LED teeth whitening lights don't' do much. However, combined with a hydrogen peroxide-based accelerator gel, it's a powerful combo to whiten teeth. While the gel can work on its own, using the specific LED light can make the bleaching process faster and more effective, yet remain just as safe to your enamel and tooth health. There are even tooth strips that are pre-loaded with gel so you may not even need to hold a tray with gel in your mouth. LED lights are the best choice for this because they remain cool, they can be tuned to the right color, and they are small enough to fit inside the mouth. Be aware that lights that produce heat in combination with peroxide gel can actually harm the teeth, so if your light is warm, discontinue use and choose another product.
For most people, the effects last for about three years. However, other factors impact whether or not your teeth will stay whiter. If your teeth are in less than healthy condition, the whitening treatment will not last as long. Drinking coffee and smoking is also known to discolor teeth faster. On the bright side, teeth whitening treatments can be repeated, so if your teeth do darken again, you can use another round to re-whiten your teeth.
It would be nice to think that everyone can get an absolutely white smile from a teeth whitening treatment. Unfortunately, there are limitations to what these treatments can do. Some people can get that bright white look easily. However, some people have naturally darker teeth, and treatments cannot change the color of the enamel itself, only remove staining. Your teeth will whiten as much as possible, but that is not the same for everyone.
In most cases, no. Modern teeth whitening products use a Hydrogen Peroxide gel that is safe to use on your teeth. The peroxide can penetrate the microscopic rods of your enamel to lighten the stains that have accumulated over time, without doing any damage to the structures. The chemical process involves the extra oxygen molecule splitting off, and is the same action as the "oxygen stain removers" you see for laundry, though they are not interchangeable. Make sure to choose one of these products instead of an "acid-based" formula, as acids can actually erode the tooth enamel and cause permanent damage.