Everyone wants to know the secret tricks of whitening their teeth. Hoping for a whiter, brighter smile in 2016? With whitening toothpaste, floss, gum, strips, and gels available over-the-counter, there is more pressure than ever to have a pearly white smile. Today Pure Smile explains how whitening and bleaching products work and why we have to be careful if we are considering using them.
What are your concerns about dental bleaching products?
Bleaching products can have multiple side effects such as damaging the dental enamel, causing irritation to the gums, tooth sensitivity and more. Some of these effects are lasting; for example, the damage to the dental enamel is permanent and irreversible. There is also an obvious risk of overuse or abuse when applying over-the-counter bleaching products such as strips, paint-one or trays. Nowadays, with so many over-the-counter bleaching alternatives available, people are tempted to buy and self-apply these products without properly understand the risks. Shop our whitening kit here
How does bleaching your teeth work?
Bleaching products contain hydrogen peroxide that diffuses through the enamel. It breaks down the compounds that are causing the discoloration, known as chromogenic compounds, and your teeth become lighter. Over-the-counter products like strips or gels usually contain a lower concentration of hydrogen peroxide than bleaching products used only by dentists.
How can you tell if you’re overdoing the bleaching?
There is a limit to how much you can bleach your teeth; the process will plateau and the peroxide doesn’t cause any further whitening. Instead, it breaks down the proteins of the enamel and alters its structure. Dentists use shade guides to verify the progress of the bleaching based on the patient’s initial shade and can be determined when the bleaching reached the plateau. There are reports of significant enamel damage associated with over-the-counter bleaching products, most likely due to unassisted over bleaching. You can contact us prior to booking an appointment to find out if we have any whitening specials available. Book your 30-minute session.
How often can you use whitening products?
How to Maintain Your Good Results
Once you have used our whitening products, there are things you can do to prevent stains and keep your smile as bright as possible:
- Practice good dental hygiene, including brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and seeing us for your routine cleanings
- Be aware of major stain culprits, such as red wine, tomato-based foods, energy drinks, tea and coffee
- Rinse your mouth with water after eating or drinking so that stain causers don’t sit on your teeth
- Don’t smoke
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