The Reason for Teeth Whitening and the Science Behind It

Posted on: April 29, 2015

Teeth Whitening Teeth whitening is one of those conveniences that have become an integral part of how people improve their appearance today. It was not always so convenient or so easy to get your teeth whitening done. Today, you have the choice of going to see us, and having your teeth whitening done by us in the clinic, or buying a solution from the local pharmacy and doing it yourself. Regardless of what method you chose, it has never been easier or as inexpensive to get your teeth whitened.

This is partially due to a huge demand which has created a booming industry for teeth whitening. It is also vitally important that you have access to teeth whitening, and that you consider using it as your teeth become more discolored. In the modern world, we have access to and tend to consume, a great number of products that have the side effect of discoloring our teeth. Take coffee for example. We consume coffee in greater quantities than ever before. There are over 53 thousand coffee shops or stands in the United States, serving 54% of the adult population at least one cup of coffee every single day. It is such a prevalent habit that we import over $4 billion in coffee beans each year. The challenge for your teeth is that coffee is rich in chromogens, which can and will cause discoloration to your teeth over time.

The science behind why teeth whitening works –

Did you know that teeth whitening is actually a chemical process? Most people who whiten their teeth have no idea how the process happens or that the peroxide solution used is designed to make the smallest of changes in your enamel’s natural organic chemical makeup. It is important for you to be aware that when you are whitening your teeth you are not just dyeing the outside of the tooth with a whiter paint, rather you are actually causing the tooth itself, from the inside out, to look whiter with a chemical process known as oxidization. The peroxide is quickly absorbed into the tooth enamel, where it works to release free radicals that make the tooth more colorless, and hence they appear to be whiter.  Our solution is stronger and more effective than what you can purchase from the store so the results that you see will be far more dramatic.

The reason we point this out is that there are many over the counter whitening solutions available, and we would recommend two things if you are going to use one of them. First, we would advise that you consult with us before starting the process regardless of how you are going to be whitening your teeth. Very often, there are minor challenges with your teeth, like a small cavity, for example, that can be exasperated or irritated by the peroxide in the teeth whitening solution. We can prevent you from feeling discomfort with a simple checkup, and by correcting these issues before they become a problem. Secondly, we recommend that you always follow professional advice as to how frequently you should whiten your teeth. Overly frequent use of teeth whitening products can lead to sensitivity, among other problems.


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