Teeth Whitening

At Wooddell and Passaro, we believe that patient education is the key to long term oral health and success.

When you know what is at stake, and the options available to you, you can make the decisions that will work best for you.

That’s why we want to take a brief moment to compare and contrast the different teeth whitening methods available today.

What makes a tooth white?

Teeth Whitening in Davidsonville, MDWhen your teeth are not as white as you would like them to be, or if they have staining or obvious discoloration, tooth whitening is a great way to bring them back to their original aesthetic. But what makes teeth white? Enamel is the outer most layer of a tooth and is responsible for keeping the tooth safe. It does this by providing an extremely hard and durable layer to the outside of the tooth. Enamel also happens to be what makes a tooth appear white.

Over time, the enamel on a tooth can wear down or be stained by our diet. Tooth whitening works on the tooth’s enamel the same way bleach works on white fabric, by removing staining and discoloration. If enamel has worn thin, sometimes it becomes more see-through, exposing the dentin layer below, which is yellowish in color.

Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening toothpaste is everywhere now. It is a tempting solution to the problem of discolored teeth. You are already brushing your teeth, right? Why not whiten them while brushing? The problem with tooth whitening toothpastes is they don’t work terribly well. After many months you may notice the difference of a shade or two but rarely do the results stand out.

Whitening Mouthwash

Again, a very tempting idea. Whitening mouthwashes typically use peroxide based whitening agents to whiten your teeth. The problem is that you can only be reasonably expected to rinse your mouth for a minute or two before spitting out the mouthwash. A minute or two a day is simply not even close to the amount of time it would reasonably require to whiten teeth by more than a few shades over the course of several months.

Whitening Strips

Whitening strips have improve a lot over the years and now offer a reasonable tooth whitening solution when compared with the other two home remedies mentioned above. Whitening strips now come in a variety of offerings, some are short application, some long. All of them allow you to whiten your teeth at least a few shades over a couple weeks or months. The problem with whitening strips is two-fold – they don’t work fast enough for some, and they require daily application. Many of these solutions can be messy and inconvenient, and they may not get your teeth as white as you would like.

Professional Teeth Whitening Application

By far the most effective and fast acting solution available. Come in to our office, have a no obligation consultation and let us know how white you would like your teeth and we will help you to make that a reality. Our whitening solutions allow us to brighten your smile by many shades, safely, in under an hour.

Contact us today to schedule your no obligation consultation. We are excited to see your smile!