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Tooth Whitening

The effectiveness of tooth whitening can be achieved in several ways. There are many products today that will use bleach to whiten the tooth. Bleach will actually change the color of the natural tooth. It's found to be the peroxide in the bleaching product that will remove and deep or surface stains. There are also non-bleaching products for tooth whitening. This works by physical or chemical agents on the teeth that will remove only the surface stains. These tooth whitening products can be bought over the counter at the local drug store or online. If you would like to quickly whiten your teeth, it is suggested that a professional do the whitening for you. They are authorized to use the bleaching material at its strongest and can also prevent damaging any gum tissue.

Some people will say they feel tooth sensitivity after any tooth whitening has been done. Usually this sensitivity is felt at the beginning of the whitening procedure and soon disappears. If your teeth remain sensitive after treatment is completed, you will want to speak to your dental professional about it. Home bleaching products contain 10% peroxide, while professional products used by the dentist will contain as much as 35% peroxide. This will lead to a much shorter procedure to obtain the whitening you are looking for.

Whitening toothpastes will help to remove surface stains but will not get rid of the deeper stains found in most teeth. These special toothpastes contain polishing or chemical agents that do not contain bleach. Today, there are many tooth whitening products available at reasonable costs. From trays you fill with whitening solution, to strips you place on your teeth. Finding one that works for you is a trial and error procedure. Once you find what is most effective for whitening your teeth, stick with it to keep them white and stain resistant.