You have probably seen commercials or products in the store that are specifically for whitening your teeth, such as whitening toothpaste, whitening strips, and whitening gels, but do you know how these products actually work?
Toothpastes do not actually “whiten” your teeth. The point of whitening toothpaste is actually to remove surface stains on your teeth. Some of these toothpastes consist of chemical agents that can provide even more stain removing effectiveness. Whitening toothpaste, however, can only whiten your teeth by about one shade, compared to the whitening solutions that are used by dentists which can change the lightness of your teeth by about 3-8 shades.
Over-the-counter or professional products work better because they contain hydrogen peroxide. The hydrogen peroxide helps to remove stains not just on the surface of the teeth, but also stains that may be deep in the tooth. Both whitening gels and whitening strips include peroxide, but the amount is much lower than the products that are used at the dentist's office.
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Teeth whitening is a popular procedure that you may be considering. To get the best results, be sure to consult with your dentist about your options. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hill, click here.