Whitening Vs. BleachingSimpsonville, SC

Considerable controversy surrounds the use of stain removers and tooth whiteners. Products are being marketed for professional use or for use by the patient at home. Many claims for efficacy and safety are under review by agencies and government panels. The ADA website should be consulted for a list of currently accepted products.

“Whitening” refers to the removal of extrinsic stains, those produced by bacteria, coffee, red wine, etc. Toothpastes “whiten” via physical methods. Abrasives in the paste act to mechanically debride the surface of the tooth using the brush and paste.

“Bleaching” refers to altering the color of teeth intrinsically. Bleaching products usually contain carbamide peroxide as the active ingredient, which breaks down to form hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide, in turn, forms a free radical containing oxygen, which is the active bleaching molecule. This molecule diffuses through the enamel into the dentin, oxidizing the color pigments of the dentin tooth structure, thereby whitening the tooth, intrinsically. Bleaching has not been shown to weaken the teeth.

Your smile is a reflection of your overall appearance and personality. No one should have to hide their smile or cover up their teeth because of how they feel about the way it looks. While cosmetic dentistry can truly make-over almost anyone’s smile, often a simple whitening treatment is all that is needed to rejuvenate one’s appearance and restore confidence.

Teeth whitening can help remove stains from smoking, coffee, tea and red wine. The bleaching trays fabricated at O’Malley Dental are custom made to your mouth, and the bleaching material provided is fast, safe and long-lasting. We also offer bleaching strips for those not interested in the trays.

If you are interested in more than just whitening, O’Malley Dental offers a full range of cosmetic dental services including: InvisAlign (for straighter teeth), bonding, veneers, crowns, etc. — everything you need to achieve the smile you are looking for!

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