You’ve heard the claims. Brand after brand of toothpaste competitors jostle for position in a saturated market, each saying that its label does the best job at whitening your teeth. But, the experts on teeth whitening in Ranch Scripps want you to have more information so that you can make the best decision on this topic. Find out if there is a better way to whiten your teeth.
Having white teeth is something that most people consider important. In a 2013 survey 89% of orthodontists said patients had asked them to whiten their teeth. But, people want to know that the process used is actually going to achieve the desired result.
The Limitations of Toothpaste Whiteners
Whitening works in two ways. It either removes surface stains from the enamel or it changes the color of the dentin. Whitening toothpastes use abrasives to scrub away surface stains, but can’t penetrate the inner dentin, where most discoloration occurs. Therefore, the visible effects are rather limited. At most, the difference will be no more than one shade lighter on the 16-point shade scale.
To actually change the color of dentin requires bleaching. This creates a much more noticeable effect, making your teeth three to eight shades whiter. And whereas whitening with toothpaste only lasts as long as you keep up the process, bleaching done by your dentist in Scripps Ranch is permanent.
Better Ways to Whiten Your Teeth
- KOR Whitening – One of the best ways for teeth whitening is KOR Deep Bleaching. It not only whitens your teeth, but helps restore your teeth’s ability to absorb oxygen. Its whitening gel is infused with oxygen that goes deep, dissolving stain molecules. This process has been shown to be safe, based on clinical studies and produces low to no sensitivity during application.
- Zoom Laser Whitening – This 45-minute process uses a laser to peel years of cigarette or coffee stains off your teeth, revealing a fresh, bright smile leaving your teeth up to eight shades lighter than their previous state.
Now you are equipped with the information you need to make the right choice for restoring your smile to the state you desire.
About the Author
With 25 years of dental expertise, Dr. Greg Friedman stays on the cutting edge, offering the latest in state-of-the-art dental technology and procedures, and attending dental continuing education to stay on top of the changing world of dentistry. Earning his undergraduate degree from San Diego State University, Dr. Friedman went on to attend Washington University’s School of Dental Medicine, fulfilling his life-long dream of becoming a dentist. He practices at Mod Squad Dental and can be reached for more information about his services through his website.