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How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Teeth whitening is a simple process. Whitening products contain one of two tooth bleaches (hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide). These bleaches break stains into smaller pieces, which makes the color less concentrated and your teeth brighter.

The tooth whitening process we perform is painless (although sitting with your mouth open for 20 minutes can be uncomfortable at times) You shouldn’t experience any tooth sensitivity. Following your whitening you should use a tooth whitening toothpaste & mouthwash. Refrain from smoking and drinking dark liquids. Coffee is the quickest way to reverse the whitening process.  Your first session should give you a 5-7 shade lighter result. Maintaining your white teeth is an easy task if you follow the aftercare instructions given to you by your whitening specialist. 

Whitening is not suitable if you are pregnant or if you don’t have healthy teeth and gums.

More FAQs

No, which is why it’s important to talk to your whitening specialist before deciding to whiten your teeth, as whiteners may not correct all types of discoloration. For example, yellow teeth will probably bleach well, brown teeth may not respond as well and teeth with gray tones may not bleach at all. Whitening will not work on caps, veneerscrowns or fillings. It also won’t be effective if your tooth discoloration is caused by medications or a tooth injury.

The teeth whitening gel will not damage your tooth enamel as it is a hard tissue. The American Dental Association says that teeth whitening is safe. Maintain your results by avoiding foods and beverages that are known to stain the teeth.

Over time, your teeth can go from white to not-so-bright for several reasons:

Food and Drink
Coffee, tea and red wine are some major staining culprits. What do they have in common? Intense color pigments called chromogens that attach to the white, outer part of your tooth (enamel).

Tobacco Use
Two chemicals found in tobacco create stubborn stains: Tar and nicotine. Tar is naturally dark. Nicotine is colorless until it’s mixed with oxygen. Then, it turns into a yellowish, surface-staining substance.

Below the hard, white outer shell of your teeth (enamel) is a softer area called dentin. Over time, the outer enamel layer gets thinner with brushing and more of the yellowish dentin shows through.

If you’ve been hit in the mouth, your tooth may change color because it reacts to an injury by laying down more dentin, which is a darker layer under the enamel.

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