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The next time you take a selfie, make sure that your smile is at its brightest and whitest! And speaking of which, the best type of whitening for your smile depends on what you are hoping to accomplish.
WHITENING TOOTHPASTES. This is certainly the easiest method of whitening, but will brushing alone produce your whitest smile? Probably not. Whitening toothpastes use chemicals and abrasives to remove some surface stains that are caused by foods, beverages and smoking.
WHITENING STRIPS AND GEL TRAYS. Whitening gels can be applied at home with strips or tray kits. These peroxide-based gels are stronger than the formulas that are used in toothpastes. Strips come coated with the whitening gel and work when pressed to your teeth for a specified amount of time. One difficulty here is in making sure that each tooth is completely covered by the strip so that even whitening takes place. Tray and gel whitening systems provide a mouthguard-like appliance that is filled with whitening gel that is applied to your teeth for a specific period of time. A custom tray is the best option.
OFFICE TREATMENT. Professional whitening makes use of a gel with a higher concentration of peroxide and is provided by a dental office. This process is usually faster, more effective and longer lasting.
Some teeth are not good candidates for any type of whitening procedures. If you have dark stains caused by trauma, drugs such as tetracycline, discoloration due to root canals, or darker dental bonding, crowns, or other prosthetics, it is best to first discuss which possible solution may be best for you with our dental professionals.
Now that you are working hard to improve your dental health and appearance with your braces, it might seem like a logical time to whiten your teeth as well. But should you go ahead with home kits or a professional whitening? The answer might be yes, but not quite yet!
The easiest way to whiten teeth is regular use of a whitening toothpaste. But these do not make a major difference in tooth color and may also contain abrasives which can damage ceramic brackets and make them more likely to stain. Also, any part of your tooth that is covered by a bracket will not be affected by the whitening paste.
WHITENING STRIPS AND TRAYS
Whiteners can be applied at home with strips or tray kits. Strips are coated with a whitening gel and then pressed around your teeth. Tray kits provide a mouthguard-like appliance, which is filled with a whitening gel. But neither strips or tray solutions will whiten any area that is covered by brackets.
A dental professional can whiten your teeth in office for the best possible results. The most effective treatments for your unique teeth are combined with protective care of your gums and mouth. Again, this procedure is best accompolished after all of the braces have been removed at the end of your orthodontic therapy.
Health and beauty trends surface on the web every day, and it can be difficult to tell which ones are worth your time, or even safe, for that matter. Perhaps one of the biggest dental trends recently on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram has been teeth whitening through brushing with activated charcoal.
Unfortunately, charcoal whitening is not everything the Internet makes it out to be. Activated charcoal is not what you use to grill at the the summer barbecue; it is an oxidized substance made from peat, coal, wood, coconut shell or petroleum heated with a gas. Toxins and surface stains cling to charcoal due to it's adhesive qualities, which is why some people declare that it is perfect for removing discolorations on teeth. Although it may show quick results initially, charcoal is nothing more than a temporary solution!
The abrasive texure of charcoal may actually roughen up the enamel, which will make it easier for future stains to stick to the surface of your teeth. The roughened enamel may show stains shortly after using charcoal on them, and may become even more discolored than before. Remember, damaged or roughened enamel cannot replenish itself, which means that any damage is permament. Patients with receding gums or sensitive teeth especially should steer clear of charcoal because it can make brushing too harsh and worsen your sensitivity.
The American Dental Association does not approve of charcoal as a safe means for whitening teeth. If you choose to use it, charcoal should be used no more than once every other week at the most, even if your teeth feel fine. The only proven ways to whiten teeth safely are with ADA-approved whitening products or in-office bleaching treatments overseen by a dental professional.