Top 9 Teeth Whitening Myths Busted and Common Questions Answered

Delusion 1 – Enamel Whitening ruins your tooth enamel

Not typically true! Skilled Enamel Whitening product suppliers largely use Hydrogen Peroxide or Carbamide Peroxide because the lively components of their tooth whitener gels. The chemical Hydrogen Peroxide (HO) is a bleaching agent which converts into water (HO) and releases an Oxygen molecule (O) within the technique of the chemical response. Each Water and Oxygen are frequent, protected elements of our on a regular basis lives.

The Oxygen particles penetrate the tough floor of your tooth (regardless that they seem easy, they’re microscopically tough, rod like crystal constructions) and dislodge staining particles. I like to clarify this by imagining the TV commercials which present how a garments washing powder with oxygen lifts stains out of your clothes.

The “bleach” Hydrogen Peroxide isn’t the identical as family bleach containing ammonia, or different low-end, acid based mostly tooth whitening merchandise, and could be swallowed, inside limits. Actually our personal our bodies produce Hydrogen Peroxide naturally!

Acidic merchandise can take away enamel out of your enamel. Search for enamel whitening merchandise utilizing Hydrogen Peroxide which is pH balanced, that means they don’t have any, or low acidity ranges. Placing acidity into perspective, you need to be conscious that on a regular basis Orange Juice is proven in lab research to melt (and probably erode) tooth enamel by many occasions greater than knowledgeable hydrogen peroxide based mostly tooth whitening gel may, if used appropriately.

Delusion 2 – Enamel Whitening isn’t Secure

Not true! Beauty Enamel Bleaching with Hydrogen Peroxide has been in use for 100 years. Most acknowledged dental our bodies worldwide endorse tooth bleaching as a typically protected apply, when easy security steps are adopted. Any skilled provider of enamel whitening merchandise will embrace sufficient directions for the protected use of their product.

Security vs Threat with tooth whitening is mostly centred on 2 primary points: Publicity of the gel to the gums and mushy tissue of the mouth or lips, and tooth sensitivity. Each could be minimized through the use of skilled merchandise and minimizing the period of time the bleaching gel is uncovered to the gums or enamel.

As with all beauty process, there are potential dangers. Fortunately with skilled enamel whitening any uncomfortable side effects skilled are short-term and are usually not everlasting. As with most beauty procedures, you might have to endure some discomfort to look higher. Typically I name this “Useless Ache”.

Delusion 3 – All whitening Gel is similar

Not true! Of the 2 main skilled gel choices, there may be Carbamide Peroxide and Hydrogen Peroxide. Each produce the identical lively ingredient Hydrogen Peroxide, however Carbamide Peroxide acts SLOWER on the enamel and is really helpful to be used solely with an Accelerator Gentle (I’ll speak about that later) or for in a single day use. Carbamide Peroxide concentrations incorporates roughly 1/Three of the lively ingredient, Hydrogen Peroxide. For example, 35% Carbamide Peroxide is roughly equal to 12% Hydrogen Peroxide.

As a result of Hydrogen Peroxide is an unstable chemical which reacts instantly, it’s costlier to supply. Many distributors provide solely Carbamide Peroxide based mostly merchandise because of this. Stabilized Hydrogen Peroxide, whereas probably the most tough and costly to supply, reacts instantly on contact with the enamel and is greatest fitted to brief length tooth whitening therapies with out an accelerator gentle.

Delusion 4 – Enamel Whitening Accelerator Lights do not work

Not typically true! Besides in some circumstances. There are companies who promote solely take house enamel whitening kits, and a few Dentists, who say that the LED Lights and different accelerator lights are only a gimmick and do not work.

There have been many research carried out which present that the usage of knowledgeable accelerator gentle does certainly speed up the oxidization (the discharge of oxygen and chemical bleaching response) of tooth whitener gel. That is very true with Carbamide Peroxide based mostly whitening gels which react a lot slower chemically.

Ask your self, what number of Dentists and Beauty Dentistry companies provide an “in-office”, “chairside”, “instantaneous whitening” or “Energy Whitening” therapy? A lot of them! Now why would they provide this therapy if the accelerator lights didn’t work? From my very own skilled expertise, there isn’t a doubt that the skilled high quality Blue LED Accelerator lights allow a quicker tooth whitening consequence when utilizing Carbamide Peroxide gel. In our personal research and observations having labored with 1000’s of shoppers and in contrast the outcomes with the identical gel, over the identical time interval, with and with out the LED Accelerator Lamp, we’re certain there’s a noticeable enchancment with the sunshine beneath these circumstances.

However, not all Accelerator Lights are the identical. Some Dentists use older know-how lamps comparable to Plasma, UV and different applied sciences. These applied sciences operate at a light-weight spectrum which is understood to trigger heating or burning of the pores and skin tissue and heating of the tooth floor to launch the oxygen within the gel, sadly that may additionally imply UV harm to your mouth, gums and lips. There are additionally mini handheld LED Lights you typically see in TV Commercials – these are solely toys and do not need sufficient energy to have any impact.

One other case of the place an accelerator gentle would not work nicely is that if the supplier makes use of a mouth tray to carry the gel in opposition to the enamel, and this tray is colored, is a “Silicone Impression” tray, or is a Pre-Crammed Foam tray. All these mouthguard trays don’t enable the sunshine frequency to move by way of them and there aren’t any accelerated bleaching results because of this.

Trendy, skilled enamel whitening accelerator lamps all use LED gentle within the blue gentle spectrum, at a particular frequency which excites the oxygen launch from the chemical, and accelerates the tooth whitening course of. They’re typically often known as “Cool LED” or “chilly” gentle accelerators as a result of they don’t warmth the enamel or surrounding tissue. Because of this, they’re completely protected, and the know-how is FDA Apparoved.

Delusion 5 – You want to go to a Dentist to get skilled whitening outcomes

Not true! At this time, you should buy in Australia, skilled energy tooth whitening merchandise which you should use at house or as a service with knowledgeable accelerator gentle and help – and never simply from the Dentist.

Dentists are completely allowed to make use of the VERY STRONG bleaching gels, over 16% Hydrogen Peroxide, and as much as 35% Hydrogen Peroxide. At these strengths of whitening gel, the true dangers are tooth sensitivity and gum trauma. Dentists subsequently use a particular gum barrier which they apply to your gums previous to making use of the robust gels. A Dentist will often get a greater whitening lead to the identical period of time as a non-dental therapy, however there are prices to contemplate, each financially and in elevated tooth sensitivity when utilizing the stronger Dentist-only therapies.

For a few years the Dentist’s had the beauty enamel whitening market monopolized as a result of skilled enamel whitening know-how was too costly for anybody else. At this time, the worth and availability {of professional} tooth whitening merchandise means you could have many extra selections and choices.

Delusion 6 – Enamel Bleaching Gels from wherever apart from USA, Australia or UK are unsafe

Not true! To start with, on this trendy world, it’s possible you’ll not even understand it however merchandise showing to be manufactured by an excellent American or Australian model are probably truly manufactured in China. That is true with all kinds of merchandise and know-how worldwide, because of easy economics.

There are lots of manufacturers of enamel whitening merchandise accessible available in the market. You do not must be involved the place they had been manufactured, as a result of it makes NO DIFFERENCE. The lively chemical, Hydrogen Peroxide is similar the world over. As a result of Hydrogen Peroxide can also be used as a disinfectant, micro organism cannot stay on this chemical and it’ll at all times be protected (ie; germ and micro organism free) to place Hydrogen Peroxide based mostly gel into your mouth no matter the place it got here from or the way it was manufactured.

If the Hydrogen Peroxide gel is previous its use by date or chemically expired, you’ll know instantly, as a result of the gel turns a milky white color which reveals that it’s already oxidized and can now not be efficient at whitening your enamel, it will not trigger any hurt.

Delusion 7 – You want custom-made Mouthguard trays to get greatest whitening outcomes

Not true! Whereas Dentists provide customized mouth trays which prices some huge cash, there are additionally many house whitening kits offering the boil-n-bite thermoshrinking mouthguards which can work equally as nicely. The completely customized trays could also be slightly extra comfy to put on, however they must be, as a result of usually, a Dentist’s at-home enamel whitening kits require you to have the tray in your mouth for lengthy intervals of time, over weeks of use. There are non-dentist merchandise which solely require brief time length utilization, so it would not matter as a lot if the mouthguard is much less comfy.

The opposite downside with mouthguards that are too form-fitted is that the hole between the enamel and the floor of the mouthguard is so small, that solely the thinnest layer of whitening gel can match between. The issue with that is much less chemical = much less whitening consequence, so it’s worthwhile to use the mouthguard and gel extra ceaselessly, over longer intervals of time to get an excellent consequence.

Delusion 8 – All enamel are the identical and whitening outcomes must be just like the “Hollywood” smile

Sadly, some individuals have unrealistic expectations and could be upset with their enamel whitening outcomes. This isn’t as a result of skilled enamel whitening merchandise do not work, as a result of they ALWAYS WORK to some extent. It is as a result of they fail to grasp that every individual’s enamel are distinctive in mineral composition, which signifies that tooth bleaching will produce a special consequence for every individual. In case your enamel are genetically extra yellow than another person, your outcomes is not going to be as white, regardless of who’s product you employ, what number of occasions you attempt to whiten your enamel, or what the energy of the gel is. And a few individuals have deep staining from antibiotics, tetracycline and so on. which might’t be simply eliminated and will by no means be absolutely eliminated. Additionally, there are individuals with genetically gray or blue tinted enamel for which Hydrogen Peroxide bleaching doesn’t work in addition to yellow or brown color tints.

Individuals see the Hollywood Stars on TV and in Films and consider they’ll get their enamel bleached to seem like the film stars. Sadly, that isn’t potential. Chemical Enamel Whitening has its limits of effectiveness and won’t produce the pure white color (for most individuals) you see on Film Stars. Does that imply that film stars are simply genetically fortunate? No, it signifies that film stars have typically paid many 1000’s of {dollars} for Porcelain Veneers to straighten their enamel and make them pure white. In fact you could have this selection too, when you have the cash, however a tooth whitening with Hydrogen Peroxide typically makes a noticeable distinction in whiteness and brightness of pure enamel, at a a lot decrease value than Veneers.

Delusion 9 – If I’ve Caps, Crowns, Veneers or Dentures so I am unable to whiten my enamel

Not true! Whereas Hydrogen Peroxide solely whitens pure enamel, it additionally cleans all surfaces, together with man-made surfaces of caps, crowns, veneers and dentures. Some dentists say that hydrogen peroxide can weaken the bond of a few of these synthetic substances, or assault the metallic elements, however you need to test along with your Dentist about your particular case earlier than whitening your pure enamel in case you are involved.

It’s at all times higher to whiten your pure enamel FIRST if you’ll be getting any caps, crowns and so on. fitted. It is because the dentist can then match the color of the unreal substance to your now whiter, pure enamel, giving an general whiter smile.

Widespread Questions and Solutions about Enamel Whitening:

Does Whitening Toothpaste work?

The issue right here is that there’s not a powerful sufficient focus of any chemical, and it isn’t concentrated in your enamel lengthy sufficient to make ANY noticeable distinction to the whiteness of your enamel. The one actual “whiteness” in the event you can name it that, which is created by toothpaste is definitely the abrasive motion of the toothbrush or paste in opposition to your tooth enamel. This scratching DOES put on down tooth enamel and likewise removes giant chunks of staining materials on the tooth floor, however not the tiny staining particles which make enamel look extra yellow. This is similar factor with “Tooth Polishes” which solely act like a fantastic sandpaper to take away tooth enamel whereas brushing and can trigger elevated tooth sensitivity with extended use tooth enamel thins.

As with the Threat vs Reward argument, whereas there may be important harm prompted to tooth enamel from tooth brushing over time, on steadiness that is higher than the implications of not cleansing your enamel.

Do not be fooled by these costly “whitening toothpastes” – they don’t make a noticeable distinction to the whiteness of your enamel, they’re abrasively eradicating enamel out of your enamel and also you’re higher off spending your cash on one thing that does work.

Who’s appropriate for Enamel Whitening?

The widely really helpful guidelines to outline people who find themselves appropriate for enamel whitening are:

    • Over 16 years of age (because of potential improvement of the enamel previous to this age, parental consent could also be required)
    • Not Pregnant or Lactating (that is a further security measure to guard infants, though you wouldn’t typically have the ability to swallow sufficient Hydrogen Peroxide from a standard enamel whitening therapy to hurt your child)
  • No identified allergic reactions to Hydrogen Peroxide. You probably have ever developed pores and skin irritation when bleaching your hair with Hydrogen Peroxide, it’s possible you’ll be allergic. But when you do not know you are allergic, it is going to change into evident within the first couple of minutes of a enamel whitening therapy, and you’ll merely cease the therapy. Any uncomfortable side effects, regardless of how discomforting will disappear in a number of days with no everlasting harm.

Other than these circumstances, enamel whitening isn’t advisable for individuals with Dental Braces, individuals with gum illness, open cavities, leaking fillings, latest oral surgical procedure, or different dental circumstances. If doubtful, I like to recommend you go to your Dentist previous to utilizing knowledgeable energy enamel whitening product.

Individuals with gray or blue tint color to their pure enamel can also not profit as drastically from enamel whitening utilizing Hydrogen Peroxide, as individuals with yellow or brown tint color.

You probably have Gingivitis or Periodontal illness, any Hydrogen Peroxide bleach in your gum line can be painful and will produce a small quantity of bleeding on the gum line. Because of this, I do not suggest whitening your enamel till these points are beneath management along with your Dentist. What’s fascinating nonetheless, is that stories have proven that Hydrogen Peroxide can kill the micro organism which causes Gingivitis, probably stopping additional harm.

What are the Dangers with Enamel Whitening?

Whitening therapies are typically protected, nonetheless, a few of the potential issues of those therapies embrace:

GUM IRRITATION: Whitening gel that is available in contact with gum tissue in the course of the therapy could trigger irritation and/or blanching or whitening of the gums, gum line or inside lips. This is because of inadvertent publicity of small areas of these tissues to the whitening gel. The irritation and/or whitening of gums is transient, that means it doesn’t final, and any color change of the gum tissue will reverse inside two hours, often inside 10-30 minutes. Individuals with a historical past of mouth ulcers could develop short-term mouth ulcers which often disappear inside a number of days after therapy.

TOOTH SENSITIVITY: Though extra frequent with the in-Workplace Dentist Remedies utilizing very robust bleaching gels, some individuals can expertise some tooth sensitivity for a interval after the whitening therapy. Individuals with present sensitivity, lately cracked enamel, micro-cracks, open cavities, leaking fillings, or different dental circumstances that trigger sensitivity could discover that these circumstances enhance or delay tooth sensitivity after a beauty enamel whitening therapy.

SPOTS OR STREAKS: Some individuals could develop white spots or streaks on their enamel because of calcium deposits that naturally happen in enamel. These often diminish inside 24 hours.

RELAPSE: After a beauty enamel whitening therapy, it’s pure for enamel color to regress considerably over time. That is pure and must be very gradual, however it may be accelerated by exposing your enamel to varied staining brokers, comparable to espresso, tea, tobacco, pink wine, and so on. You shouldn’t eat or drink something besides water in the course of the first 60 minutes after a enamel whitening therapy, and keep away from tooth staining brokers for 24 hours after (eat and drink white or clear colored meals throughout this time).The outcomes of a Hydrogen Peroxide based mostly tooth bleaching therapy are usually not meant to be everlasting, and may last as long as 2 years when utilizing skilled energy therapies. Secondary, repeat, or touch-up therapies could also be wanted to realize or keep the color you need on your enamel.

How do I obtain greatest enamel whitening outcomes?

Earlier than answering this query, you need to be considering of the tooth whitening outcomes from a single therapy, as a trade-off in opposition to the potential side-effects of a single therapy. The most effective reply is steadiness! Stability the potential outcomes with the potential danger of side-effects. The very best concentrations of Hydrogen Peroxide produce one of the best leads to the shortest time, but additionally have the very best potential side-effects. My advice is center of the highway – not the strongest, and never the weakest to get a contented steadiness of outcomes and danger.

Earlier than you undertake knowledgeable enamel whitening therapy, have your enamel cleaned professionally. A minimum of within the smile space, which is the higher and decrease 8-10 entrance enamel. REMEMBER, enamel are opaque so cleansing the BACK of the enamel is essential to the general whitening outcomes you’ll obtain. A Dental Cleansing will take away any extra supplies caught to the skin of your enamel and allow the Hydrogen Peroxide to work greatest at bleaching your pure enamel, evenly.

Use knowledgeable energy enamel whitening gel. Many Pharmacies, TV Advertisements and Web corporations promote enamel whitening merchandise which use 3% or 6% Hydrogen Peroxide focus. These simply do not work nicely at whitening enamel, and any impact they’ve takes a LONG time to realize. The comparative value distinction isn’t that nice between these low-end merchandise and merchandise {of professional} energy, however the effort and time required is. I like to recommend 12% Hydrogen Peroxide if accessible in your space, except you’re utilizing a whitening therapy with knowledgeable accelerator gentle which might use 35% Carbamide Peroxide. In fact the Dentist in-Workplace energy whitening therapies typically use gel a lot stronger than 12%, however watch out for the potential uncomfortable side effects.

Bear in mind, in case your enamel aren’t as white as you desire to after the primary therapy, you may at all times enable a while to watch your gums and enamel for any side-effects, then take a further therapy(s). Supplied the product you’re utilizing isn’t too costly, that is one of the best and most secure technique to obtain optimum enamel whitening outcomes.

How lengthy does Enamel Whitening final?

This is determined by the product you employ to whiten your enamel, and the approach to life you lead.

In case you are a smoker, or repeatedly drink pink wine or use some other closely colored substances repeatedly, your whiter enamel will change into stained once more extra rapidly.

There is no such thing as a absolute reply to this query, however usually, in the event you use knowledgeable enamel whitening product for the complete therapy as really helpful, you could possibly hold the whiter enamel for as much as 2 years in case you are aware of what you eat and drink, and keep your enamel and oral well being correctly.

Most individuals are usually not saints and lead lives the place they get pleasure from pink wine or a curry and so on. That is fantastic, however if you wish to hold your whiter enamel you need to brush them 60 minutes after you could have consumed the meals or drink. Analysis suggests you shouldn’t brush instantly after consuming as a result of the acid fashioned in your mouth when consuming makes the tooth enamel softer and abrasive brushing of the enamel throughout this era could be detrimental.

I additionally suggest the usage of Enamel Whitening Pens. They apply a skinny layer of Hydrogen Peroxide to the enamel, at any time or place, and can bleach any staining near the tooth floor (if the focus is powerful sufficient). Whitening Pens lively ingredient solely works for 30 to 60 seconds on the enamel as a result of saliva washes it away, so select a Whitening Pen which makes use of Hydrogen Peroxide (not Carbamide) and is skilled energy gel. Whitening Pens are typically not appropriate for eradicating deeper stains.

I’ve tooth sensitivity issues, can I nonetheless whiten my enamel?

Sure, and you’ve got a number of choices. You possibly can use a desensitizing tooth paste for roughly 1 month previous to whitening your enamel and if sensitivity is lowered, you should use any product. However remember that your sensitivity will possible enhance once more throughout or after the therapy, so I recommend selecting a mid energy whitening gel the place you may take away it rapidly if discomfort will get insufferable.

The opposite possibility is a low energy whitening gel. This can work over an extended time frame, however generally additionally will increase sensitivity due to the period of time required on the enamel to get an excellent consequence.

In all probability the best choice, in my view, is a Enamel Whitening Pen of a minimum of 12% Hydrogen Peroxide focus. As a result of you may paint the gel onto particular enamel and since the gel is washed away by saliva in lower than a minute, this will produce one of the best outcomes, with the least discomfort.

What ought to I do instantly after I whiten my enamel?

  • Rinse the gel out of your enamel and mouth with out swallowing.
  • Brush your enamel inside 60 minutes utilizing a tooth paste containing Fluoride to assist seal the enamel
  • Do not eat or drink coloured meals, or smoke for a minimum of 60 minutes
  • You probably have tooth sensitivity, use a desensitizing tooth paste
  • You probably have tingling in your gums, buy from the Pharmacy a preparation designed to assuage gums. This can assist to forestall mouth ulcers forming (in case you are predisposed) and reduce the discomfort and length of any potential gum irritation.

The straightforward rule to one of the best Enamel Whitening outcomes

Focus of Hydrogen Peroxide (Energy) + Time on the enamel (Time) = Outcomes (Effectiveness)

When factoring in Time, you also needs to think about the implications of time:

  • Extra effort, that means it’s possible you’ll not full the complete therapy
  • Extra inconvenience
  • Sufficient lively ingredient to chemically react over that point interval. That’s to say, simply leaving any whitening gel in your enamel for 24 consecutive hours will not assist as a result of the Hydrogen Peroxide usually is absolutely reacted and spent inside 20 minutes.
  • Longer publicity of the mouthguard to the gums. Friction of the mouthguard can typically trigger gum irritation
  • Longer publicity of the bleaching gel to the gums. As soon as once more, the chance of gum irritation.
  • Bear in mind, there are limits to the whiteness achievable with pure enamel and these will range along with your tooth genetics, your life-style and the state of your enamel on the time of whitening.