5 Things to Know About Teeth Whitening

Female patient in dental office receiving Tooth Whitening drying procedure.
Female patient in dental office receiving Tooth Whitening drying procedure.

1. There are many effective methods

Today’s tooth bleaching materials are composed primarily of either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Many whitening techniques have proven to be effective, although results vary depending on the type of stain, type of bleaching product and other factors.

2. Different shades yield different results

Certain stains respond better to bleaching than others. Whitening products work the best on teeth with a yellowish color. Brown staining doesn’t respond quite as well. Teeth with a grayish or purple color are typically the most difficult to whiten.

3. You’ll repeat the process

Tooth whitening is not permanent. Depending on the foods and beverages you consume, the shade will begin to fade in as little as a month. The more you can avoid those offending foods and drinks, the longer you can postpone your next treatment.   Press here to read about Brenda’s tooth whitening story?

4. It can be a little irritating

The two most common side effects are an increase in tooth sensitivity and irritation of the gums, but both conditions are only temporary.

5. Your dentist can help

While chances of serious complications are low, the American Dental Association recommends that patients consult their dentist before beginning any whitening program, especially those with sensitive teeth, dark stains, and dental restorations.



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  1. Thanks for the tips and if you want to understand about teeth whitening read here

    November 11, 2016 at 8:21 am Reply
  2. Teeth whitening is better done with 10% carbamide peroxide in my opinion
    That does NOT mean we, dentist, restrain ourselves to choose other ways
    But 10% carbamine peroxide is the one which has been the most studied by the scientific evidence
    Thanks for sharing Norman

    November 22, 2018 at 1:04 pm Reply

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