Teeth whitening is everywhere. You see it on TV, at the mall, online, and of course, at your dentist’s office. But how does whitening actually work? Are you getting the most out of your whitening treatment? The truth is, there are many different whitening treatments that all range in effectiveness. Learn from your dentist in Redmond which whitening method is best for you and why it is the most popular cosmetic treatment dentists have to offer.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
There are many different whitening treatments, but they can be boiled down into two categories: bleaching and non-bleaching.
Whitening With Bleach
Bleaching procedures change the natural color of your teeth anywhere from 5 to 7 shades brighter! This can be done at the dentist’s office using light activation for instant and dramatic brightening results.
Your dentist can also create a custom whitening mouthpiece for you to wear at home. You can wear it a few hours a day or over night for two weeks to achieve results.
Over-the-counter whitening products bleach your teeth as well. These can be mouth trays you bite down on, or strips that adhere to your teeth. They range in effectiveness, so talk to your dentist about which one they would recommend if you were to use a store-bought whitener.
Whitening with bleach uses peroxides (a weak acid with strong oxidizing properties) to attack and destroy the colored substances on your teeth that cause stains. The oxidizing agent removes molecules that act as the “glue” for the stains on your teeth so they can be removed easier.
Whitening Without Bleach
There are non-bleaching procedures that work by physical action like brushing to remove surface stains without using peroxides. A popular example of the non-bleach method is whitening toothpaste. Toothpaste is abrasive by nature and whitening pastes use polishing agents that can remove stains.
Be wary of at-home whitening remedies found online. Bleaching may sound harmful, but thanks to today’s technology, this technique is safer than ever. However, a lot of at-home whitening treatments don’t have science backing them up.
A popular at-home treatment found online is to rub fruits on your teeth. Although some fruits have whitening properties, the sugars and acid from fruit are doing more harm to your teeth than helping them get whitened.
All of these treatments range in cost and effectiveness, so talking to your dentist about whitening in Redmond will be the best way for you to know which treatment is right for you. Whitening is reasonably priced and achieves fast and noticeable results. If your staining is more serious or located below the surface of the enamel, alternative treatments like porcelain veneers may be recommended because whitening won’t achieve the desired results. No matter what, a good dentist can help find the right cosmetic solution for you!
About the Dentist
Dr. Schwam believes in not only feeling good but looking good as well. This is why he is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He considers cosmetic dentistry to be an important part of maintaining your health. He enjoys building and renewing smiles to help people feel better and more confident. He currently runs his own practice and can be contacted by phone at (541) 526-5661 for any questions or comments.