How Safe and Effective Are Whitening Toothpastes?
Teeth will generally stain over a period of time and appear darker as we age. There are some factors that will increase the rate of tooth discoloration. The outer layer of teeth can become stained by smoking, drinking coffee, wine, and other food and drinks. Most of us want to have a set of “pearly whites” and will try different brands of whitening toothpaste hoping to achieve this. However, the question that we all want to know is, just how good is whitening toothpaste?
Whitening toothpaste can remove only minor stains from the external surface of the teeth, and do not change the color of the teeth. These kinds of toothpaste contain abrasive particles that help in physically scrubbing away the stains from your teeth. However, these kinds of toothpaste are not very effective if your stain is moderate to severe. If you are using a whitening toothpaste, it is recommended that you do not use it regularly or for long periods of time. Overuse can lead to the removal of the outer surface of the teeth, causing the teeth to appear dull and not glossy. It is advised to only use whitening toothpaste occasionally, alternating with regular toothpaste.
The best way to remove stains from your teeth is to visit a dentist or a hygienist for professional cleaning and polishing. Using ultrasonic scalers and polishing paste they can remove all the stains from your teeth safely and effectively, restoring your teeth to the original color. However, if you want to whiten your teeth from the existing color, then a teeth whitening procedure is necessary. This involves the application of whitening gels containing chemicals such as Carbamide Peroxide or Hydrogen Peroxide that can whiten your teeth by 3-8 shades lighter. Whitening procedures can be done in the dental clinic assisted with a whitening lamp to give you faster results.
Another option is the home whitening kit. Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth and provide you with a custom made bleaching tray and whitening gels. The whitening gels dispensed by Dr. Joy Dental Clinic are approved by the American Dental Association and are certified safe to use.
There are many over the counter whitening gels and trays that are sold, but you need to be careful, as in many instances they can cause more harm than good. These trays are not custom made for you and the whitening gels may sometimes leak onto your gums causing chemical burns.
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