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How Effective Are Whitening Toothpastes?
Having the perfect white smile is a desire among many of us. A white smile inspires confidence, enhances beauty, and also makes you stand out. There are several methods of teeth whitening available on the market, and at Vita Dental Spring, we believe in informing our patients about these methods. Whitening toothpastes are one way of getting white teeth. However, just how effective is whitening toothpaste? In this article, we will discuss the effects and limitations of using whitening toothpaste.
What Do Teeth Whitening Toothpastes Do?
Whitening toothpastes are effective in removing discolouration from teeth that is caused by food or beverages. However, these pastes cannot change the natural colour of your teeth. Typically, whitening is achieved after two to six weeks of regular use. The toothpaste can be used like any other, that is, twice every day. Some whitening toothpastes contain blue covarine, that diminishes yellow stains on the surface of the tooth. While the result is immediately perceptible, it is not as, long-lasting as other methods.
What Causes Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening toothpastes contain abrasives that scrape away stains, to bring back the natural tooth color. Some of the abrasives found in whitening toothpastes are:
• Hydrated Aluminum Oxide
• Calcium Carbonate
• Magnesium carbonate
Some toothpastes also contain carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. While carbamide peroxide works faster, there are no significant differences between the two substances in the long run. Majority of the whitening toothpastes work the same way and yield the same results.
Teeth Whitening Toothpastes are sold over the counter, which makes it easy to pick them in a local store. As you shop, look for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of acceptance. Products that have this seal have undergone thorough scrutiny to ensure that they are safe and effective. Do not put your teeth at risk by purchasing untried products.
Unfortunately, even with ADA’s seal of acceptance, products can also have mild side effects. Some toothpastes can cause irritation of the gum, and increase teeth sensitivity. Vita Dental Spring encourages you to ask your dentist for advice before purchasing a teeth whitening toothpaste. If you experience any irritation from using a specific brand of toothpaste, try using a different one.
It is also important to remember that teeth whitening toothpastes rely on abrasives for effectiveness. These abrasives scrape the discolorations, but could also affect your enamel. If the enamel is scraped off, you will see the discolored dentine below. Exposure of the dentine is a genuine cause for alarm. You should cease use of the toothpaste, and make an appointment at Vita Dental Spring for treatment.
Over the Counter Bleaching Products
Teeth whitening toothpastes should not be confused with bleaching products. Even if the toothpastes contain bleaching agents, their sole purpose is not teeth whitening. Bleaching products that often come in kits have specific instructions for usage, and often have long-lasting effects when compared to whitening toothpastes. Just as toothpastes, approved teeth whitening kits should have the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. If you are unsure of which kits to purchase, visit Vita Dental Spring for consultation.
Teeth Whitening toothpastes are only effective up to a certain point. The toothpaste will only restore the natural color of your teeth and is therefore ineffective in eliminating intrinsic discoloration. However, your dentist can eliminate teeth stains for the perfect white smile.
Before any whitening is done, your Vita Dental Spring dentist will check for any plaque, tartar, and cavity. After proper oral hygiene is ensured, teeth whitening can continue. During the procedure, the dentist will protect your gums with a “dental damn”. The bleaching agent is then applied and left to stay for about 10-45 minutes. Usually, the agent is a solution that contains carbamide or hydrogen peroxide.
Dentists may also use laser teeth whitening to fasten the procedure. Bleach is applied to the teeth and is exposed to UV light. The heat generated by rays increases the effectiveness of the bleaching agent and also speeds up the process. The agent used may come in form of a gel that contains high levels of hydrogen peroxide, and therefore, measures will be taken to protect the gums, lips, and prevent tooth sensitivity.
Whether UV light is used or not, professional bleaching may cause increased tooth sensitivity. This is because the solutions or gels used have high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide. For this reason, these solutions should only be used during dental appointments to avoid damage to the teeth. Costs will vary depending on the dentist.
Whitening your teeth is a painless procedure that can be done by a dentist or at home. With the use of proper whitening kits or teeth whitening toothpastes, teeth discoloration is easily solved. It is advisable to visit the dentist before purchasing any take-home kits to avoid serious side effects. If you are looking for a more permanent solution, visit the dentist for a teeth whitening. Vita Dental Spring provides professional teeth whitening services. Call us today to book your appointment.
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