The concept and practice of teeth whitening aren’t new. For thousands of years, a bright, white smile signified beauty and wealth. In fact, ancient Egyptians mixed ground pumice stone and vinegar as a whitening paste some 4,000 years ago. Unfortunately, ancient methods of whitening weren’t always safe for oral or overall health. Thankfully, most of today’s teeth whitening methods are safe when used properly.
Continue reading to learn which teeth whitening methods are the safest and most effective.
Over-the-counter whitening toothpastes are affordable, safe, and can be effective. This method is designed to remove surface stains from the teeth with a mild bleaching agent and gentle abrasives, such as magnesium carbonate, silica, and calcium carbonate.
As long as a whitening toothpaste is used properly, it shouldn’t damage the dental enamel. However, overuse, brushing with a hard-bristled toothbrush, and not following the toothpaste directions can lead to dental damage. To ensure the toothpaste you use is dentist-approved, look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
As for results, it may take several weeks or months to notice differences in tooth color.
Teeth-whitening strips are another popular over-the-counter whitening option for those looking for a more affordable treatment. These plastic strips contain different levels of peroxide that lift stains and discoloration from the tooth surfaces.
Again, the key to using over-the-counter whitening methods is to follow the directions on the product closely. While you may experience some tooth sensitivity, no other side effects should follow.
People report seeing significant results after two weeks of wearing the strips twice a day. Others report seeing results after just a few days of use.
For patients looking for a chemical-free way to brighten their smiles, there are several natural remedies to try. We can’t attest to the accuracy or effectiveness of these methods, but here are the most highly recommended natural remedies for whitening teeth:
For patients who desire immediate results, professional teeth whitening is the way to go. Dentists offer professional-grade whitening systems that are both safe and effective. Our Grant Park dentist, Dr. Abbey J. Lee, also offers professional take-home whitening trays that patients can use at their convenience.
In-office whitening immediately brightens teeth by up to five to ten shades. Professional whitening trays provide dramatic results in as little as two weeks. These methods are safer than over-the-counter methods because they are done under the care and direction of a dental professional.
Want to learn more about our teeth whitening options in Grant Park? Contact our office today at (404) 328-7177 to schedule an initial consultation.