This is how teeth whitening works

Tooth whitening is a process that makes the teeth color lighter and whiter through an oxidation process. With teeth whitening, we can get crispy teeth and a beautiful smile that not only enhances our appearance, but gives us better self-esteem and affects how we are perceived by people in our vicinity. It may sound like trolling, but it’s pure science.

Why are our teeth discolored?

Our teeth can become discolored and stained for various reasons. The most common causes of yellow, darker and discolored teeth are food, beverages (red wine, coffee, tea, coal), snuff and smoking. Other causes may be excessive intake of fluoride during the calcification of the teeth. Severe trauma can make the teeth stained, this occurs when blood in the blood vessels in the teeth oxidizes and makes the teeth darker. The teeth also become darker with age. The good news is that in principle everyone’s teeth can become whiter with teeth whitening.

How does a dental treatment work?

Tooth whitening is done with a customized soft plastic toothbrush filled with bleach gel and placed over the teeth. The teeth are used during treatment times, which usually last a total of 20-30 hours and get whiter teeth.

The tooth whitening package gives teeth rags and tooth whitening gel with peroxide. The tooth rails are used to keep the gel in place during the bleaching itself and are easily shaped to fit your teeth. In DentaWorks toothpaste package, besides rails and gel, there are also detailed instructions, dental maps and a storage box for the toothbrushes.

Methods for getting whiter teeth

There are a number of methods to make your teeth whiter, some of them are better than others, and they differ in price. One should distinguish between teeth whitening and dental whitening, as teeth whitening has the ability to bleach spots both outside and inside the teeth.

Whitening Toothpaste

These toothpastes have a polishing effect on the teeth, and physically put away superficial stains with the help of small grains in the toothpaste. They are more effective than normal toothpastes but are not near a proper teeth whitening. However, they are perfect for use during and after a dental treatment. They are cheap and cost between 1 and 10 dollars.

Tooth whitening (eg Natural White and Rapid White)

These products contain no peroxide but often have citric acid as active ingredient. This means that they do not have the ability to pale discoloration inside the teeth as peroxide bleaching has. Bleaching effect is also limited and short term. You usually terminate its products as dental whitening instead of teeth whitening. Costs between 150 and 300 kr.

Home vs at the dentist

The hide-away means you bleach your teeth at home using tooth rays and pale yellow peroxide. The dentist produces two dental rails for you that are precisely shaped according to your teeth. You add peroxid bleaching gel to your teeth and use them either at night or by day (but not at the same time). A full treatment takes about 2-3 weeks and produces very good results. The treatment costs about 300 dollars.

Laser treatment at the dentist

Laser treatment (laser or light) in practice means a powerful denture. The dentist brushes on a bleaching gel with very strong peroxide on the teeth and when illuminated with a light source (heat source) for about 1 hour. The light and heat combined with the strong bleaching gel make bleaching fast and gives very good results. The treatment costs around 5000 kr.

Whitening Strips

A whitening strip is a thin flexible plastic strip coated with low peroxide bleaching gel. These whitening strips have relatively low efficiency and the results are easily uneven. Normal teeth whitening gives better results. They cost around 20 dollars.