To whiten or not to whiten that is the question...
All over Instagram and Facebook I see one ad after another for teeth whitening systems. From gadgets, you plug into your iphone to organic products to brush your teeth with, it seems as though my newsfeeds are flooded with them. Some boasted by IG influencers and others are endorsed by celebrities...however, the questions I always think about when they pop up on my feeds are will these work and are they bad for your enamel?
Teeth whitening systems on a whole all strip away at enamel and can damage your teeth if used incorrectly or too often. So many things we eat and drink not only damage the integrity of our teeth but can leave unsightly stains...red wine, coffee, and tea stains are some of the most common.
Keeping a youthful vibrant smile is part of our society. Our smile is one of the most important features on our face. So how do we keep our teeth pearly white?
We could lay off from eating acidic are foods that stain...but that could lend itself to being extremely difficult to downright impossible.
Some tips on how to keep your teeth safe from teeth whitening systems and limit stains on teeth:
Why are your teeth sensitive after whitening. Whitening product solutions can remove minerals within the enamel and cause the teeth to become temporarily porous, exposing microtubules within the teeth. Sensitivity is a common side effect from whitening.
Steps to cut down on sensitivity. If your teeth are sensitive after a treatment of teeth whitening, cut down on the whitening time. If they are exceptionally sensitive, avoid that product and find one with a lesser bleach content. Brush lightly after whitening, avoid hot and cold food and drinks over the course of a few days if your teeth are exceptionally sensitive.
What about activated charcoal instead of bleach? Will this type of whitening product cause sensitivity? The answer is yes. Using activated charcoal is another form of teeth whitening. It does not utilize a bleach solution to lift stains. Instead it "scrubs" the stains off of your teeth being that activated charcoal adheres to plaque, removing the stain and making your teeth appear brighter and whiter. Activated charcoal is basically crushed up materials such as olive pits, coconut shells, coals and other materials that are then reheated and oxidized, and therefore activating it. Although it is a fine powder it can be abrasive to the teeth and caution is urged when using this product. Instead of using a brush to apply product use your finger in a light circular motion on the teeth for 2 minutes. A toothbrush may lead to scrubbing harder than you should.
REMEMBER ALL WHITENING PRODUCTS BREAK DOWN ENAMEL AND ENAMEL DOES NOT GROW BACK ONCE REMOVED. TAKE CAUTION WHEN SELECTING A TEETH WHITENING PRODUCT.
TEETH WHITENING PRODUCTS INCLUDING TOOTHPASTE SHOULD BE USED
ON 14 YEARS AND UP.