An Introduction to Teeth Whitening
If you are someone who loves coffee, tea or red wine, chances are your teeth are a little discoloured. You may perceive that teeth whitening with your dentist is very expensive, so you might turn to another form of whitening to get those pearly whites. Obviously, there are lots of teeth whitening products out there, but do they work? Let’s put them to the test.
About Your Teeth
Your teeth are coated with enamel, the hardest substance inside the human body. This is made up of a mineral called Hydroxyapatite. The elements in Hydroxyapatite are bundled together to create crystalline rods which look like this.
In-between these rods there are spaces for your coffee, wine, tea and food. Regular brushing and flossing will take care of a lot of substances on your teeth. But when the stains settle into the enamel, you’re going to need something stronger than toothpaste to remove the colouration.
For lighter stains, there are whitening strips that can work very well to restore your teeth to a lovely white colour. There are many whitening strips available, and you are able to buy some over the counter, but from our experience these tend to be quite ineffective and can be unsafe and damaging to the teeth. It is much better to speak to a qualified and experienced dentist to buy the best and safest whitening strips available. It is very important that you don’t use whitening strips that contain chlorine dioxide, as you could destroy the enamel on your teeth.
Whitening toothpaste has an extra compound compared to normal toothpaste, which is called silica. These abrasives only clean the surface of your teeth. It doesn’t permeate the enamel like other teeth whitening products do. The whitening toothpaste also has a coat of a substance called blue covarine. Blue coverine changes the optical properties of the teeth, acting like a colour correction for your teeth.
Over the counter products like whitening toothpastes are likely to be safe to use, but just be careful and ensure you purchase them from a company or brand that you trust.
However, we would recommend that any course of teeth whitening, or any teeth whitening strips should be discussed with and purchased from an experienced dentist.
Although the cost of professional whitening may be slightly more than you are offered from a hairdressing salon or online, you pay for the safety of the products and the experience of the dentist. You will undergo regular checks, and will see genuine results. With teeth whitening, it is often a case of ‘if you buy cheap, you buy twice’.
It is also important that your course of teeth whitening is monitored. Some people can react badly to teeth whitening and start to get sensitive gums. If you are whitening with your dentist then they are able to provide you with anti sensitivity gels & toothpastes, and offer expert advice to reduce any sensitivity, as well as understand when it is important to start and stop using these products. Dentists are constantly learning about advances in teeth whitening technology, learning about new products and understanding how to get the very best and safest results for their clients.
If you’re interested in having safe, effective and beautifully whitened teeth, get in touch with Clinica MCR in Manchester. Click over to our Teeth Whitening Page to find out more.