Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental service that The Parkway Dentist provides in-office or through a take home kit. Results vary, but most patients see significant lightening that lasts up to a year. Our teeth whitening patients affirm that a whiter smile improves self confidence and can take years of wear and discoloration away to reveal a brighter smile.
Teeth whitening and teeth bleaching, however, mean two different things. Surface cracks and stains arise on tooth enamel, exposing the yellower dentin below the surface. Discoloration can be the result of the natural aging process, illness, genetics, or dark colored food or drink. Foods and beverages that are both dark colored and acidic— like wine, coffee, and tomato sauce—have even greater staining power.
Teeth whitener can refer to any product used to remove stains from tooth enamel: toothpaste, DIY strips, and some mouthwashes are safe and cost-effective and can enhance teeth with continued, regular use. The extent of whitening varies, and it takes dedicated, consistent use to see results.
Whitening products that do not contain bleach can usually make teeth two to four shades lighter. These are a good choice for men and women with sensitive teeth and gums that can react to products containing harsher whitening chemicals. The Parkway Dentist counsels pregnant or nursing mothers to choose the non-bleach whitening products.
The term “bleaching” is used to mean a tooth whitening product that contains a form of bleach, either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, in varying concentrations. For best results, teeth bleaching should be administered in-office by your dentist. Bleaching can ordinarily achieve more noticeable results, sometimes up to seven shades lighter. Intrinsic stains on the dentin, as well as surface stains can be capably lightened under an experienced dentist’s supervision.
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