Teeth Whitening: Here’s What You Should Know

Do you want a brighter smile? Achieving glossy white teeth is just a few dental appointments away, but at-home teeth whitening procedures have become very popular throughout the last few years. Drive to your local supermarket and you’ll find a plethora of teeth whitening products at your fingertips. However, many people still question if they produce successful results. Compared to in-office procedures, do at-home teeth whitening remedies work?

For questions about at-home or in-office procedures, or to find out which procedure is right for you, call Foothill Dental Care in Livermore at (925) 961-5484 to schedule a consultation.

The Brazilian Dental Journal reported a 2014 study that compared the results of four teeth whitening toothpastes—Colgate Total, Close-Up White Now, Oral-B 3D White, and Colgate Luminous White—all containing bleaching chemicals like hydrogen peroxide. Sixty undergraduate dental students volunteered to be part of the study. After randomly receiving one of the four whitening toothpastes, each student was instructed to brush three times a day, two to three minutes for 15 days, and the results might surprise you.

The study found that brushing with any of the teeth-whitening toothpastes mentioned above “was not effective” in producing a significant bleaching effect (scielo.br, 2018). Although Colgate Luminous produced a slightly higher bleaching effect compared to the others, the slight alteration in color was not significant enough to be noticed by the patient. But don’t let these results deter you from getting a glowing smile.

For questions about at-home or in-office procedures, or to find out which procedure is right for you, call Foothill Dental Care in Livermore at (925) 961-5484 to schedule a consultation.

A 2013 study reported by The European Journal of Dentistry found that an at-home tooth whitening remedy produced similar results as an in-office tooth whitening procedure. Participants were split into two groups representing two different whitening methods: power bleaching, an in-office technique that utilizes a high concentration of bleaching agent, and at-home bleaching, which requires a lower concentration of bleaching material placed in a custom mouth guard and worn at home for two to six weeks.

Results from the study showed that the degree of whitening was “the same for both power bleaching in a dental office setting and the at-home bleaching technique.” Both studies were clinically identical, producing no significant difference in degree of whitening, color regression, or post-treatment sensitivity between the two techniques (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, 2018). Call your local dentist to find out what in-office procedures are available in your area.

A glistening white smile is waiting for you just around the isle! Although purchasing at-home teeth whitening products are convenient, it is not the end-all solution to brighter teeth. It’s important to support your at-home whitening remedies by practicing healthy habits.

Don’t forget to:

  • Brush your teeth at least 2-3 times a day.
  • Floss at least once a day to prevent cavities in between teeth and gingivitis.
  • Avoid eating or drinking acidic or sugary foods to prevent stains and tooth decay.
  • Regularly visit a dentist for routine check-ups. New patients are always welcome!

Call us at (925) 961-5484 to schedule an appointment today!

For questions about at-home or in-office procedures, or to find out which procedure is right for you, call Foothill Dental Care in Livermore at (925) 961-5484 to schedule a consultation.

Don’t settle for stained teeth. Call us to achieve a new smile and a new you.