Teeth whitening systems are all the rage these days, with more and more people realizing that their teeth have yellowed over time. If you’re looking for a safe, easy way to counteract this natural discoloring, teeth whitening kits are one of the most popular choices. These kits generally involve a peroxide-based agent or gel applied to your teeth for a few hours. These methods are okay, but they do not last a long time. You’ll find that you have to use the product repeatedly. 32 Pearls offers the most affordable methods for professional and longer-lasting teeth whitening solutions. Call us today for an appointment. (206) 322-8862
Teeth Whitening Options
For centuries, people have tried to whiten their teeth with the best of intentions and home remedies. But for most of them, there was not much success. The modern era has brought many new products and techniques, but it has also produced better results with old ones.
Natural whitening is a concept whose time has come again: it is making inroads into the dentistry industry as a viable, cost-effective option that works without long-term side effects or other complications. The idea behind natural teeth whitening is this: fluoride in your toothpaste or mouthwash can inhibit enamel production, the substance that makes up your teeth’s outer layer. This means that over time you will lose tooth strength.
A growing body of research shows that using certain substances (such as coconut oil mixed with baking soda and lemon juice) can strengthen this enamel by increasing its production naturally—essentially undoing some of the damage done by fluoride.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Natural tooth whitening methods will always be gentler on your teeth and gums than store-bought whitening strips, which can irritate if you use them too often.
Here’s how it works: Teeth whiteners break down the structure of stains with chemical or physical action. Breaking down the stain is a more delicate process than stripping the color away, like what happens with bleach. Natural tooth whiteners usually contain a mix of mild abrasives and other ingredients that are safe for your mouth but still effective at removing stains.
How much does teeth whitening cost?
The cost of natural teeth whitening can vary depending on the product you choose and how many treatments you need to achieve your desired results.
At 32 Pearls, we can find you the most affordable solution for teeth whitening. Ask about our teeth whitening methods and costs. If you are interested in Invisalign, teeth whitening is FREE.
What are the risks of natural teeth whitening?
There are a few risks associated with natural teeth whitening. If you do not follow the instructions carefully, your teeth may become more sensitive, or your gums may become irritated. Also, if you use too much of any ingredient, it could cause damage to your enamel. For example, using too much baking soda can wear away tooth enamel over time; using too much hydrogen peroxide or charcoal could also lead to enamel damage.
One thing’s for sure: natural teeth whitening is often safer than other types of whitening methods, like having a dentist bleach your teeth — and it’s certainly cheaper! But there are still some risks involved with natural teeth whitening that needs careful consideration before trying at home.
We do not recommend anything other than calling a professional and asking questions. Being safe with your teeth is the best approach to your health care.
Call 32 Pearls for any questions you have about whitening your teeth with questionable products. (206) 322-8862
Alternatives to natural teeth whitening
Teeth whitening has become the new fad. It’s the latest thing to make you feel like you’re fighting a losing battle against yellowing teeth—and it can’t be too far off, what with everyone and their brother claiming that they’ve done it or are doing it.
There are two types of teeth whiteners: strips and gels. Either way, they work in the same way: they make your teeth more receptive to whitening agents (like hydrogen peroxide). The process starts by diluting the peroxide with a gel that is applied to your teeth for about 30 minutes before rinsing away. It stings in a good way when you rinse it off.
Depending on which toothpaste you use, and whatever “protection” will coat your mouth from stinging during this process, there may be minimal sensitivity afterward. There is no real data on how effective either method is; we have our best guess from anecdotal evidence from friends who have used each product and experienced different results.