Whitening your Teeth factsheet

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What to know about teeth whitening products

Everyday millions of americans elect to cosmetically whiten their teeth. In the last decade teeth whitening has risen to the number one procedure patients inquire about when seeing a dentist.  If you are considering whitening your teeth there maybe questions you have to find the most effective option for you.

With all the choices out there for brightening your smile you can be sure to find a method that works for you. After all, one thing that everybody would like, is whiter teeth.

The ADA (American Dental Association) strongly recommends that people go through in-office dental whitening treatments, yet  many ways availe themselves to whiten your teeth at home. Methods of Teeth Whitening vary, here are a few: oil pulling at home, baking soda make-at-home-paste, dental strips, dental trays (often in kits), whitening pens, specialized toothpaste or washes, whitening kits, and in-office-dental procedures.

What are your whitening options

Teeth whitening strips: Teeth whitening strips have gained a lot of popularity. They are reasonable in cost and easy to use, usually considered very efficient. Strips are applied to teeth one to two times per day for a prescribed length of time over several days. One drawback can be that patients may experience increased tooth sensitivity after each treatment or application. The benefits are the ease of application and how readily available they are, drawbacks can include acquired tooth sensitivity and a risk of damage to gums and teeth from overuse.

Whitening paints: Whitening paints are not actual paint. They are effective based on the same mechanics that make traditional strips and trays work, a hydrogen peroxide product but instead of a strip or tray that shields the product and keeps it on the teeth it is just painted onto the tooths surface and allowed to dry, then slowly dissolves rather than being removed. One drawback to paint, as tooth whiteners go, can be the inability to achieve uniform coverage, despite this paint on types of whiteners remain fairly popular.

Whitening toothpaste or mouthwash: This is by far the easiest method to whiten teeth. All you have to do is put some toothpaste on your brush or rinse your mouth with some whitening mouthwash. Though these two things have proven to be very slow in whitening the teeth, over time they are consistent and don’t require much hassle.

Make-at-home-whiteners: A quick search on the internet will yield a dozen methods to making at home whiteners. The most popular of these utilize baking soda and or hydrogen peroxide. Some methods are as simple as using coconut oil and the old fashioned technique of oil pulling that readily reduces yellowing and plaque growing bacteria. These various techniques can help remove yellowing that has accumulated due to staining but ultimately can cause some tooth sensitivity (especially if hydrogen peroxide is utilized) and usually yield only moderate results.

Above the rest whitening

Chairside or in office Whiteners: Still considered the best way, as mentioned

Mouth and teeth before and after whitening

Mouth and teeth before and after whitening

above, is to get in-house treatment. Through innovation and science the in-office whiteners are the most specialized and easily protect teeth from issues with hypersensitivity. Dr. Hutchison, many cosmetic options for getting the whitest, brightest smile and can answer other questions you may have about over-the-counter tooth whitening options as well.

Important to Note:

Many patients find it impressive how much discoloration and yellowing can be reversed just by starting with a routine dental cleaning, if your routine cleaning is due now, don’t be surprised if that’s the first place your dentist recommends starting.

Also remember any tooth whitener that employs chemicals, especially hydrogen peroxide or acids can leave teeth at risk for becoming more sensitive, however dentist now have whitening products that are thicker, absorb less readily into teeth and are concentrated to work quickly and efficiently.

Should you have any questions concerning teeth whitening via a chair-side method or  an at home, over-the-counter method please feel free to contact our office.


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