Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Having a whiter smile can boost your confidence, but with so many products and services out there, you may question whether or not they actually work. We’ll go over popular products and treatments to see how effective they really are.
Whitening toothpastes, activated charcoal, and baking soda are non-bleaching methods of stain removal and usually work to lift stains by abrasion. These items can work well for surface stains, but may not be very effective for older or deeper stains. Activated charcoal and baking soda also carry risks, since they can damage your enamel if used too much or too abrasively, and damaged enamel means more staining!
Bleaching alters your tooth color dramatically because it has a high concentration of carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. In-office bleaching is convenient, quick, and can lighten your teeth by five to seven shades in one treatment. Bleaching isn’t permanent, however, so you should brush and floss regularly and avoid eating and drinking certain foods and beverages in order to maintain your brilliant white smile.
Your dentist may also offer in-home bleaching kits, which usually consists of a custom mouthpiece that you wear for a few hours per day. Although they’re more time consuming than in-office bleaching treatments, they tend to be less expensive. There are also over-the-counter bleaching products that you can buy in the form of trays, gels, and strips, which take a longer time to see results depending on how stained your teeth are.
At Bayshore Dental Center, we offer cost-effective, painless in-office whitening that will give you dramatic results in just one visit. After your session, we’ll walk you through how to maintain your dazzling new smile so you can enjoy the results even longer. We also currently offer free whitening after an X-ray, exam, and cleaning for new patients. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!