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Teeth Whitening 2019

Teeth Whitening 2019

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Teeth Whitening 2019

How to Whiten Teeth

Wondering how you can get the best teeth whitening?

We can help you with that.

Every year, a tremendous amount of research goes into finding the best ways to lighten your shade of teeth.

This article will take a look at the latest studies to start 2019 with a dazzling smile and answer your questions, such as:

  • How do teeth become yellow or stained?
    • Buildups of microorganisms in the mouth give teeth a yellow tint
    • Predeterminate factors that cause internal tooth stains
    • Environmental factors that cause external tooth stains
  • What are the best ways to whiten your teeth at home?
    • Avoiding behaviours that darken your teeth
    • Properly brushing and flossing your teeth
    • Adding baking soda into your toothpaste
    • Using over-the-counter products like whitening strips and paint-on systems
    • Dentist-monitored tray-based tooth whiteners
  • What are proven natural remedies for whitening teeth?
    • Strawberry juice
    • Citron juice
    • Plum juice
    • Grapefruit juice
    • Pineapple juice
  • What is laser teeth whitening and how does it whiten your teeth?
    • Lasers get the quickest and best results possible out of bleaching agents
    • The various precautions dentists use to protect your teeth during the procedure
    • Whitens while avoiding exposing teeth to hypersensitivity

What Causes Yellow Teeth or Stained Teeth?

So what exactly causes your teeth to become yellow?

Your mouth is the perfect habitat for a variety of microorganisms—especially those that can easily stick to your tooth surfaces, pockets, and crevices. According to Drug Invention Today, buildups of these bacteria, or “plaque,” give teeth a yellow appearance.

The Journal of Evidence Based Dental Practices divides tooth stains into two main groups:

  • Intrinsic stains
    • Internal tooth stains caused by predetermined factors like genetics, age, antibiotics, and developmental disorders
  • External stains
    • External tooth stains caused by environmental factors, such as food, beverages, smoking, and metals like iron or copper

The most effective methods of dental whitening will depend on your tooth and the kind of stains it has.

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Teeth Whitening at Home

One of the best ways to retain a bright smile is by getting into the habit of avoiding behaviours that darken your teeth in the first place. These teeth-darkeners include things like:

  • Smoking
  • Highly pigmented and acid beverages like red wine, black tea, and coffee
  • Highly pigmented foods like dark chocolate, berries, and candy

Furthermore, the Journal of Evidence Based Dental Practice notes that avoiding these behaviours mentioned above can extend the results of a professional teeth whitening procedure from one month to an entire year.

Additionally, good teeth cleaning routines can help prevent buildups of plaque and external stains from darkening your teeth. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services outlines the proper way to brush and floss your teeth:

  • Gently brush your teeth on all sides with fluoride toothpaste
  • Brush with small, circular motions and short back-and-forth strokes
  • Brush along your gum line delicately
  • Clean around your teeth with dental floss
  • Rinse after you floss

One of the best teeth whitening home remedies is adding baking soda into your toothpaste. One study in the Journal of Clinical Dentistry found that toothpaste containing baking soda reduced intrinsic yellowness drastically. 

Over-the-counter products like whitening strips and paint-on systems can be effective for mild stains; however, the Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry recommends caution when using over-the-counter tray-based systems, since ill-fitting trays can cause bite problems and soft-tissue injury.

Better results can be achieved using dentist-monitored tray-based tooth whiteners, which are fitted to your mouth and are so effective at teeth whitening, the Journal of Interdisciplinary Dentistry refers to it as the “gold-standard against which other techniques are judged.”

Natural Teeth Whitening

There has been an increasing interest in natural teeth whitening because of its stability for the human body. Recently, studies have shown that many kinds of fruit extracts can help achieve white teeth:

  • Strawberry Juice
    • The Padjadjaran Journal of Dentistry found that strawberry juice significantly lightens tooth enamel and removes stains because it contains ellagic acid. In turn, oxygen-hydrogen (OH) clusters in strawberry juice oxidize and protect your teeth from any potential negative side effects that ellagic acid would have on the teeth.
  • Citron Juice
  • Plum Juice
    • The Indian Journal of Public Health Research and Development also found that extract from plums whitens teeth and depresses the growth of melanin pigmentation, which causes black teeth and gums.
  • Grapefruit Juice
    • Additionally, grapefruit juice extract whitens teeth and has an antimicrobial effect, which helps to clean your teeth.
  • Pineapple Juice
    • According to the Journal of Conservative Dentistry, pineapple contains enzymes that provide better whitening results. When used in conjunction with a dentist procedure using 10% hydrogen peroxide, pineapple extract achieved the same whitening results as 30% hydrogen peroxide.

Compared to treatments using high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide, these natural bleachers help whiten teeth without leaving them susceptible to hypersensitivity and changes in enamel. These natural remedies can help improve the effectiveness of professional teeth whitening.

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Laser Teeth Whitening

A teeth whitening dentist uses lasers to activate the whitening solution (hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide solutions) to get the best and quickest results possible. A laser teeth whitening can produce visible results in just an hour or two.

The whitening solution uses a high concentration of bleach, ranging from 20% to 40%, so precautions are taken to protect your mouth, such as:

  • Cheek retractors
  • Dental damns
  • Desensitizing products

According to Laser Therapy, laser-assisted bleaching produced faster and greater whitening effects on stains than home bleach techniques, making it particularly viable for people with discoloured and demineralized teeth. Overall, laser-activated systems improve the success of teeth whitening.

Furthermore, the study notes that lasers help to reduce teeth and gum sensitivity—a common symptom of treatments that use such high concentrations of bleach.

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Are you considering a teeth whitening treatment?

Buildups of bacteria, predetermined factors, and environmental factors can stain and yellow your teeth.

Fortunately, there are many at-home whitening methods you can use to get your brightest smile, such as avoiding behaviours that darken your teeth, brushing and flossing correctly, adding baking soda to your toothpaste, over-the-counter whitening products, and using dentist-monitored tray-based tooth whiteners.

Furthermore, recent studies have proven the effectiveness of natural teeth whitening remedies, such as strawberry juice, citron juice, plum juice, grapefruit juice, and pineapple juice.

Our teeth whitening dentist can give you the quickest and best results using lasers to activate bleaching solution. By taking precautions when using lasers, our dentist can keep your teeth and gums from feeling hypersensitive after a treatment.

With all these teeth whitening options, it can be tricky to know which method is right for you. We can help you find the best solution for your smile. Book a free consultation by calling (780) 425-1646.

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