Our teeth say a lot about us, and are one of the first things that people notice when they meet us for the first time. Very few adults have naturally pearly white teeth as a lot of things that we consume cause them to stain. Drinking red wine, coffee, smoking, and even drinking juices and eating fruits all cause for our teeth to stain over time.
So here’s the good news: it is possible to have whiter teeth. But there is also a lot of misinformation out there about how tooth whitening and tooth whitening products work. Before you opt into any sort of tooth whitening product or procedure, it’s always a good idea to have your regular check up with your dentist so that your teeth can be treated for cavities, checked out for diseases and have any surface stains removed. Your dentist can also help clarify any questions that you may have regarding teeth whitening, though we will answer some of the most common questions here.
The Stronger Gel is the Better Gel
Some will tell you that you have to use the strongest gel possible to whiten your teeth. While the strong teeth whitening gels will get your teeth whiter more quickly, they are more expensive. If you are in no big hurry to have super white teeth, then you will want to consider going for a medium-strength gel. These gels will get your teeth just as white, but it will take a longer period of time.
Do all teeth whiten at the Same Rate?
No. We all have different teeth with different amount of stains that are more or less stubborn to remove. For example, if you happen to have yellow stains on your teeth (generally stains just from daily wear and tear, such as eating and drinking) these will be far easier to remove than if you were to have gray stains. This isn’t to say that gray stains cannot be removed; they can be. But they will take longer to remove.
NOTE: It’s important to realize that if you do have veneers, crowns or colored fillings on your teeth, these will also take different amounts of time to whiten. As they are made of different materials from our teeth, expect the color changes to either be faster or slower.
Do Teeth Whitening Toothpastes have Bleach in them?
Teeth whitening toothpastes do not contain bleach. They whiten your teeth by having abrasives in them that help remove any surface stains from your teeth. Needless to say, toothpastes with “whitening” products do not exactly whiten your teeth as treatments that you would buy over the counter or have done at the dentist’s office.
Are the Results Instant?
This really depends on the type of teeth whitening you use. Toothpastes may be so gradual that you will never notice the results, over the counter products may take weeks, but the gels and procedures used in a dental office will leave you noticing immediate results. Gels that the dentists apply can have your teeth looking up to 9 shades lighter within an hour’s time.