Methods and Benefits of Teeth Whitening

Tuesday October 20, 2020
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The teeth are a very important part of the anatomy of humans. As the hardest part of the body, its main function is to help break down food (mastication). Other important functions include enabling speech and the pronunciation of words, shaping the face and also for cosmetic as well as beautification of the face.

Parts of a Tooth

There are different parts of a tooth. They are:

Enamel: This is the most obvious part and the hardest. It is the white outer part and it is made up of calcium phosphate.

Dentin: This is the layer that underlies the enamel. The dentin is a hard tissue and it contains microscopic tubes. If there is damage to the enamel, cold or heat may be able to enter the tooth through the dentin and this causes pain or sensitivity.

Pulp: This is where blood vessels as well as nerves are located. It is the softer and living inner part of the tooth.

Cementum: This is the layer of connective tissues. It binds the root of a tooth to the gums and the jawbone.

Periodontal Ligament: This is the tissue that holds the tooth tightly to the jaw.

An average adult has 32 teeth which are divided into incisors, canines, premolars and molars.

It is good to take care of one's teeth for various reasons. One major reason is the associated decay and ultimate pain that you will experience if your teeth are not properly cared for. Others may include the many conditions that can affect the teeth negatively. These include conditions such as:

·        Periodontitis

·        Cavities

·        Gingivitis

·        Bruxism (Teeth grinding which can lead to disorders and headaches)

·        Plaque

·        Tatar

·        Overbite

·        Underbite

You can learn more about the human teeth in this article.

There are several ways to care for the teeth. The most common and the easiest way to do so is by brushing daily. Dentists usually recommend doing so twice a day; morning and night. Other ways of taking care of the tooth include flossing, rinsing, visiting the dentist regularly for cleaning, tooth filling, using braces, root canal, extraction, dental sealant as well as teeth whitening.

In this article, we will be focusing on the whitening of the teeth.

What is Teeth Whitening?

Different factors can cause the teeth to lose their white, bright sparkle and become dull. As children, most humans grow up with white teeth but over time, it begins to show a discoloration which is most often yellowish. This can be due to food stains on the enamel and plaque buildup. Sometimes, the discoloration can be due to the eroding of the enamel which will then reveal the dentin which is a yellowish layer underneath.

The good news is this can be treated with regular cleaning as well as teeth whitening remedies.

Teeth whitening is a process of lighting the color of the teeth or removing the yellowish discoloration and revealing the natural white as it should be. Often, whitening may not return the teeth to its brilliant white but will significantly remove discoloration. The term whitening can sometimes be used interchangeably with bleaching.

There are several methods of achieving whitening and this can be natural or artificial; using bleaching and non-bleaching products. We will consider these methods shortly but first, what is the importance of whitening your teeth.

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Benefits of Whitening Your Teeth

There are several benefits to having a white set of dentition. Some of these are listed below.

It Provides Better Oral Health

Teeth whitening is healthy as it helps to boost your oral hygiene by killing bacteria that may cause tooth decay and gum disease. It also helps to strengthen the teeth as well as improve overall health.

It Enhances Your Appearance

Most people are self-conscious about the way they appear and this shows in a lot of the things that they do include their dressing and speech. Whitening of the teeth can help to enhance this appearance. It also helps a person to be more joyful, happy, beautiful, and relatable.

Boost Your Self Confidence

A smile they say is not a luxury but it does wonders. It attracts people to you, it is one of the first things people notice about you and causes them to focus on your face. Discolored dentition makes people self-conscious and will most likely affect self-esteem. This is the reason some people do not smile a lot and this makes them unattractive to others.

On the flip side, having a white dentition boosts your self-esteem and makes it easy for you to smile. As such, it becomes easier to attract as well as meet people and improve the quality of your social life and relationships.

It Can Enhance Your Career

A sparkling dentition as we have seen leads to smiling often and also a better smile. This may have a profound effect on your career and the opportunities that you get. This is because it impacts the way people perceive you.

A bright smile helps you get noticed more when you meet people and during interviews. It portrays confidence and you radiate energy, as well as enthusiasm and people will want to relate and work with you.

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Ways of Whitening Your Teeth

When it comes to teeth whitening there are many options and products available. It can either be done at a dentist’s office or by using home treatment and remedies.

Most products use hydrogen peroxide as the active ingredient as it helps in the chemical degradation of chromogens on the teeth. This is what is termed bleaching. Some people worry that this might have side-effects such as painful irritation. But the good thing is that this irritation is harmless and will heal on its own in no time. You can read about the side effects of whitening and how safe it is here https://www.healthline.com/health/is-teeth-whitening-safe.

For people who prefer not to visit the dentist, below are some of the methods that can be used for whitening your teeth. Keep in mind that whitening may not be for everyone. It is ideal for people with healthy and unrestored tooth and gums.

 

Whitening Toothpaste

Toothpaste generally contains mild abrasives that help to remove surface stains. The chemical agents contained in them help to gently polish the tooth and remove stains. They do not contain any bleach and can only remove surface stains.

Teeth whitening pastes typically have the ingredients of regular ones and might contain some hydrogen peroxide as well as other chemicals that break down stains and you can brush them away.

The thing with toothpaste is that they can only do so much in whitening your dentition. It will not likely change or improve the color of your teeth to a significant level like many other products and when there are deeper stains, it will not effectively affect this. Toothpaste might best be suited for maintenance of the whiteness after using other products.

Whitening Strips

Whitening strips are thin and almost invisible. They bend to fit the teeth and they are coated with hydrogen peroxide which helps to whiten the teeth. This is one of the simplest and effective method to use.

To make use of this whitening strip, you simply insert the side coated with the peroxide against your teeth. The amount of time to wait depends on the brand but you should begin to see results in a few days and more improvement through sustained use over a couple of months.

Ensure to brush before inserting the strip and discard it after use. Some strips are designed to dissolve in your mouth. Be sure to read the product label to find out how to use it effectively.

Whitening Gels

These are clear and peroxide based gels. They can be applied directly to the surface of the teeth by use of a brush or through mouthguard-like trays. The length of time to use this will also depend on the product. Also, remember to check the labeling for instructions. You will likely begin to see results in a few days and also greater results in a couple of months.

These are some of the best ways to get whiter teeth. Other methods that can be used include whitening lights, rinses, and serums. Natural methods can include oil pulling, using baking soda, eating fruits and vegetables, and making dietary changes.

Conclusion

The teeth are an important part of the body in many ways and taking care of it and treating it as such bring so many benefits. One way of taking care of the teeth is by keeping it white and sparkling through teeth whitening.

There are many ways to do this but whichever way you choose, you can be sure to enjoy more attention and a boost in your confidence and self-esteem.