Teeth whitening is becoming so popular that almost everyone is considering it. There aren’t many people who wouldn’t want to have a beautiful smile, one they are proud of and can show off comfortably in crowds.
If you are considering whitening your teeth, consult with our dentist at Station Dental Group for professional advice. We recommend being cautious with over-the-counter teeth whiteners as they can harm your teeth and gums if used incorrectly.
In this article, we will discuss how teeth whitening works and the various whitening options that are available today.
Note that teeth are not as solid as they appear to the naked eye. In fact, they contain small pores that push into the tooth’s internal structure. To be precise, the enamel is the passageway into the dentin and the pulp of the teeth. When your teeth get stained, it’s the dentin (the layer underlying tooth enamel) that absorbs the stain and gives your teeth that yellow appearance.
When consuming drinks such as red wine, tea, or coffee, they can get absorbed into the tooth in small amounts through the pores. If you continually consume them for years, your teeth will become stained.
Through the professional teeth whitening process, our Highlands Ranch dentist can effectively and safely whiten your teeth so that they can become sparkling white.
During a teeth whitening treatment, professionals and trained hygienists use the pores of the enamel to get to these absorbed stains and remove them. Whitening agents that contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide are used to open these pores and then bleach any color in the dentine. However, these pores won’t stay open. They are closed after the treatment. This is why it’s not advisable to consume any colored food or drink a day after the teeth whitening treatment.
A special light or lasers can be used along with the whitening product directly applied to the teeth. You will be able to see the result after the 30-60-minute treatment. Professional in-office whitening treatment is recommended when you need results in the shortest amount of time.
Gels for whitening teeth are efficient, but the results are achieved within a longer time span compared to professional bleaching. The daily usage time depends on the strength of the hydrogen peroxide in the gel. It can take from 3 days to a few weeks to observe any results.
Whitening gels and trays are of two types: Those you buy from the dentist and those you buy over the counter. While the goal for both is to whiten the teeth, these two have notable differences.
For one, whitening gels from the dentist produce results faster as they have a more potent peroxide bleaching agent than OTC products. Teeth whitening kits by our dentist also come with custom made trays that fit over your teeth perfectly. Over-the-counter kits only come with a standard sized tray, which can allow the bleaching agent to come into contact with your gums.
These are thin strips of whitening agents that can be bought from your local drug store. The application is simple. You only need to apply one strip of the whitening ribbon on the top teeth and another on the bottom teeth. These are flexible and can stretch across the whole arch.
Results are seen after about three days of application. Whitening strips are best if you have moderate staining or a tight schedule that doesn’t allow for in-office whitening.
Whitening toothpaste contains abrasive ingredients, which work to make the teeth shinier and brighter by removing surface stains. Results might not be immediate, but in a few weeks, your teeth should appear whiter.
Before choosing a teeth whitening treatment, you should consult with our dentist at Station Dental Group in Highlands Ranch about the best options available. Our dentist can help you avoid chemicals that might be harmful to your dental health, especially on the soft tissues.
Even though buying teeth whitening products over-the-counter is convenient and cheap, professional in-office treatment is more effective, safer, and delivers faster results.