Everything You Should Know About Teeth Whitening

Everything You Should Know About Teeth Whitening

Posted by Dr. Allen Korte Mar 15,2021

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All of us want a whiter and brighter smile, but due to a combination of our lifestyle, eating habits, and oral care routines, we don’t get to pull it off after all. If you’re one of them, you need not worry at all, as you can now opt for a teeth whitening procedure to get that dazzling smile. In this blog, we will take a look at everything you would need to know about teeth whitening - the risks, the advantages, and remedies used to whiten your teeth.

What is Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening is the process of removing stains from the surface of your tooth to restore the natural, white color of the teeth. The procedure can be performed one-time by a dentist and is among the most popular dental cosmetic procedures.

How Long Can Whitened Teeth Last?

Teeth whitening is not a permanent solution. In fact, you may lose the whitening effect in as little as a month when you expose your teeth to foods and beverages that can stain the surface. People who make sure to avoid foods or beverages that stain the teeth can typically maintain their bright smile for about a year before another session is required. The amount of whiteness you can get depends on the condition of the teeth, the type of bleach used, and the level of staining your teeth has sustained.

What are the Different Types of Teeth Whitening Products You Can Use?

There are several types of teeth whitening products used in the process. Here are some of them: 

Over-the-counter gels and strips.

As the name suggests, Whitening gels are the clear peroxide gels you apply on top of the teeth with a small brush. On the other hand, strips are peroxide-based gels you can stick on the surface of the teeth for a specific amount of time to get a whitened effect.

Whitening Toothpaste

Although most kinds of toothpaste are known to offer some form of whitening, there are kinds of toothpaste that come with additional whiteners in the form of chemicals which offer better stain removal. They can whiten the teeth by at least a shade.

Whitening Rinses

Whitening rinses work much like normal mouth rinses by freshening your breath. However, they have additional ingredients like hydrogen peroxide, which whitens teeth. Usually, they take at least 12-14 weeks of continued usage to show their effect. 

Not everyone is blessed with a white set of teeth, and that’s where tooth whitening comes into the picture. This one-day procedure can brighten your teeth, your smile and add a spring to your step.

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