Teeth Whitening

Teeth form the vital and prominent part of the face thus of overall human personality. White shining teeth make you feel confident and add to the grace of your smiling face. Modern health care has revolutionized things regarding tooth whitening. It has now made it possible to afford adorable and charming smiles cosmetically instead of embarrassing smiles.

If we take a look at how actually tooth whitening works, we find the magical chemical component that helps us whiten our teeth. This chemical agent is some oxidizing agent most often Hydrogen peroxide or in some cases Carbamide peroxide used as a bleaching agent. The word bleaching agent instantly makes us understand that it is essentially a bleaching process which makes our teeth look whiter and cleaner. Technically bleaching agent penetrates the different hidden parts of tooth like enamel and dentin and bleaches the dirt and stain deposits out. This process makes our teeth look better and whiter. A number of tooth whitening methods and products have appeared which promise to whiten your teeth. Let’s discuss some of them analyzing their pros and cons.

Methods for Teeth Whitening

Chewing gums used for tooth whitening purposes usually contains in them a water insoluble gum base with a flavorant, plasticizer, texturizer, filler , sweetener, stabilizer, color and some surface active agent. There is also an effective and safe amount of water soluble alkali metal percarbonate, neem oil and sodium bicarbonate. Tooth whitening chewing gums work simply by improving saliva flow in the mouth and also maintain good oral hygiene. It has certain advantages over other methods as well that include ease of use. A regular chewing gum user will find it very easy to just change the brand he chews. It doesn’t put pressure on pocket as it is cheap. And finally it doesn’t have any hazardous side effects. On the other hand it has some problems associated with it as well. People who don’t chew gums find it a long tedious process. It also has a long treatment time with first signs of improvement only showing after long six weeks. Results are also dubious with a difference of just around one shade according to some estimates.

You can easily find piles of tooth whitening pastes in health care stores. Contrary to peroxide based tooth whiteners which produce whitening effect by affecting chemical change within the teeth these toothpastes work on the simple principle of removing accumulated stain or debris off the surface of teeth. Whitening toothpastes are called nonbleaching agents because of their abrasive mode of action of teeth whitening.

Whitening toothpastes comprises of minute and mildly abrasive particles like calcium carbonate, aluminum oxide, dicalcium phosphate dehydrate or hydrated silica. Movement of bristles of a tooth brush in the presence of these particles removes the debris off the surface of teeth due to the hard rubbing process.

So far as the advantages of whitening toothpastes are concerned, these are ideal for people who smoke and are regular users of coffee or tea. You require nothing unusual to do for all it needs it to brush away your teeth with particular whitening paste instead of your regular one. With absolutely no pain, irritation or sensitivity involved, whitening toothpastes are also not a burden on pocket because they are just slightly costly than your normal toothpastes. Whitening toothpastes can also be used after you have undergone a whitening procedure because it keeps the stain from building up on the surface of teeth. On the bleaker side, some experts claim that these whitening toothpastes are only just as effective as normal toothpastes and don’t have any special promising effect.

Teeth Whitening at Home

In-house tooth whitening kits are also available in the market for whitening your teeth without any hassle of going to dentist. Mostly bleaching gels are used for in-house whitening which is applied to the teeth by using thin trays. It can also be done by using small strips over the front teeth. Basic theme behind in-house whitening kits or gels is that of oxidizing agent or bleaching agent. Advantages of this method include reasonable effectiveness as it affects a shade difference of 2 to 3. It is easily available and reasonably priced as compared to treatment by a professional dentist. Size of the trays don’t fit all well thus decreases its effectiveness. It can cause irritation and pain if comes in contact with the gums. Results may also vary from case to case.

These are personally supervised and performed by a dental professional and thus carry with them the confidence of being in safe hands. These are deemed to be the most effective of all because of the shade difference of 8 to 10 associated with them. Results of in office whitening are long lasting and can be contained for fairly long period of time by taking good care of teeth. It is a painless procedure with little or no complexity involved. Obvious drawback of in office whitening is the high cost. Also excessive and repetitive treatments can have a wearing and tearing effect on teeth. Teeth sensitivity does occur as a side effect although for a very short period of time. Lastly Cankers, Blisters and swelling on lips can also be encountered by some people.


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