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16 Jan 2019
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What You Should Know About Teeth Whitening

Know about the whitening agents

There are various agents like whitening toothpaste, tooth whitening strips, whitening pens and teeth whitening custom trays. All of these can be self-applied with a prescription and direction of your dentist.

The other types of teeth whitening agents are used in a dental office by professionals. The main ingredient of most whitening agents is hydrogen peroxide which reacts with the minerals in the tooth and liberates oxygen. This lightens the hue of teeth.

The types of tooth whitening

There are two types of tooth whitening techniques that are known as intrinsic and extrinsic.

Intrinsic tooth whitening

‘Intrinsic’ refers to whitening the inner part of the tooth, which soaks up hydrogen peroxide gel (also called whitening gel or bleach) and becomes lighter. This is mainly done for teeth which have suffered injury or trauma and have undergone cell death. When the inner part of the tooth is whitened, the colour is reflected through the outer layer of enamel on  your teeth, making the teeth look brighter

Extrinsic tooth whitening

In extrinsic teeth whitening, the surfaces of teeth are cleaned of all the stains, debris and tartar present. Then the surfaces are treated with various chemical or mechanical agents. Followed by this, the bleaching agent is applied.

Tooth bleaching or whitening may require several appointments. Your dentist will guide you with the appointments and the aftercare required.

It is important to know that tooth whitening may have temporary results and you may have to revisit your dentist for long-lasting results. Other than that, it is a completely safe, health-restoring procedure that dentists recommend.

Do’s and don’ts after a tooth whitening procedure:

Once you’ve completed a whitening treatment, there are a few steps you can take to maintain your whiter smile:

Quit smoking 

Smoking tobacco can cause discolouration of teeth. Eliminating tobacco can help keep your teeth healthy and bright.

Avoid stain-causing foods and beverages 

Coffee, tea, wine, sports drinks, hard candy, berries and tomato sauce are all foods that can cause tooth discolouration. Avoid too much of these foods and beverages in order to maintain the white color of your teeth.

Use a straw 

While drinking beverages, try to use a straw. This will keep stain-causing dyes away from your teeth.

If you are thinking of getting a teeth whitening done, consult with the Tacoma Dental Group for a personalized experience, specific to your dental condition. Brighten up those pearly whites and boost your confidence!

For more information on teeth whitenings, consult Dr Ron Lo at (253)383-1551 or tacomadentalgroup@gmail.com 

You can also visit our website https://tacomadentalgroup.com/  for more information.