Most of us want to have a dazzling smile complete with sparkling white teeth. Have you been trying to figure of the best, safest way to whiten teeth? Many people are rightly concerned with whether commercial whitening products will damage their teeth, cause sensitivity, or if they even work.
We want you to keep those pearly babies safe as well as at their smile ready best. That’s why we thought it would be a good idea to help you out! Let’s talk about some of the best ways to whiten teeth in a safe, non-toxic, and even holistic way.
In-Office Whitening vs. Over-the-Counter Whitening Products: Is One Really Better?
To start, we think you should know where we at GOODHEALTH.dental stand on the ongoing debate over in-office whitening vs. over-the-counter whitening products. Some of you skeptics out there might think the only reason a dental office would support in-office whitening is because it earns them money. And, of course, it does! But our real concern is you oral health.
The truth is that in-office whitening is actually a better option. Being able to directly apply the whitening material is safer than most at-home whitening products. Why?
First let’s talk a little about how whitening works. Let’s consider the whitening agent itself. The kits you buy at the store are typically made up of carbamide peroxide, whereas professional whitening systems are made of hydrogen peroxide. When the products are exposed to oxygen they break down. Carbamide peroxide break down tends to cause tooth and gum sensitivity. Hydrogen peroxide, on the other hand, is far less likely to cause those symptoms due to it being much gentler, yet can provide far more dramatic results when in the hands of trained professional.
Another difference between the two whitening systems is the amount of product used and how it is applied. In our dental office, we control the amount of whitening product that goes onto your teeth and take care that none of the product unnecessarily touches your lovely soft gum tissue by using custom fitted trays. Over-the-counter products tend to require more product, which means there’s a higher likelihood of experiencing sensitivity, along with not being able to customize the device in which the product is applied. Often the product is applied directly to the teeth with little or no protection offered to your delicate pink gums. Ouch!
Whitening at Home: Some Non-Toxic, Natural Whitening Options
Just because we highly recommend that you have us take care of your whitening needs, we understand that many of you would like to try at home options first. Here are our picks for some non-toxic, natural, at home whitening options. These solutions can actually be considered holistic solutions; not only do they whiten, many of them benefit your overall dental health.