Tooth Bleaching Fact And Fiction

Tooth Bleaching Fact And Fiction

Posted by ARDEN DENTAL CARE on Feb 11 2016, 10:57 AM

Tooth Bleaching Fact And Fiction

A sparkling white smile can give you a massive boost of confidence. The best way to maintain a bright smile is to brush and floss at least twice a day and visit your dentist regularly for dental exams and cleanings. In addition, you can opt for teeth whitening treatments. 

There are numerous professional options but also natural remedies featured online and in magazines. The question is: `Is natural teeth whitening really effective, and is it safe for your teeth?`

Here are some facts you need to know to separate fact from fiction:

Misconceptions About Teeth Whitening

Whitening solutions may not be able to correct all kinds of discoloration. For instance, yellow teeth will probably require bleaching, while brown spots may not be eliminated with bleaching. 

Whitening will not work on teeth with restorations like veneers, bonding, or crowns, and it won't change the color of dental fillings. In addition, whitening treatments will not be effective if the discoloration is caused by medication or a tooth injury.

Popular Natural Teeth Whitening Methods

Natural teeth whitening methods use everyday household ingredients or ingredients from natural sources. It is assumed that natural products are safer than chemicals like peroxide. However, some natural teeth whitening ingredients can harm the tooth enamel and cause sensitivity.

Scrubs to Whiten Teeth

Despite the growing popularity of whitening products containing activated charcoal, there is no evidence that charcoal products are safe or effective for your teeth. Using materials that are too abrasive on your teeth can make them appear even more yellow and affect the enamel, exposing the dentin layer.

Acids and Enzymes

Citrus fruits, pineapple, apple cider vinegar, and mango contain acids and digestive enzymes that brighten teeth. However, when acids come in direct contact with the tooth surface, they can wear away the enamel, dull the teeth, and increase the chances of tooth sensitivity and cavities.

No Side Effects from Teeth Whitening

People using teeth whitening products may suffer from tooth sensitivity. This can occur when the peroxide in the whitening product penetrates the enamel and dentin and irritates your tooth's nerves. The sensitivity is temporary, and the whitening treatment can be resumed after some interval. 

Whitening may not work for all teeth. At Arden Dental Care, we can help determine the best treatments that will give you a bright and healthy smile. You can find us at 1832 Avondale Ave Ste 1, Sacramento, CA 95825, or reach us at (916) 481-2001.

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