Teeth whitening has become an incredibly popular form of cosmetic enhancement of the smile. Since the development of original teeth brightening treatments, a number of innovative methods have emerged, both professional and commercial.
The presence of a bright white smile has become crucial to a vibrant, professional, friendly image. We view smiles as a sign of health, as well as a number of other characteristics. The impression you give is directly tied to your smile, as is shown by research in which poll respondents stated they would remember a person with an attractive smile. Studies on the value of an attractive smile have shown that this feature is very powerful in both social and professional dealings, even leading to better job and business prospects.
There is a distinction between the term teeth whitening and teeth bleaching that should be clarified. Teeth whitening is a term that has become widely used, both in dentistry and in the beauty industry. Although dental practices, including ours, advertise teeth whitening, professional services are, technically, teeth bleaching. Yes, there is relevance in the difference.
According to the FDA, to be promoted as “teeth bleaching,” the treatment must be able to lighten teeth beyond their natural shade of white. This is accomplished using safe and effective bleaching solution, typically containing hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. At Downtown Dental, our teeth whitening treatments are actually teeth bleaching. The term “whitening” is simply the norm for advertising.
Teeth whitening, technically, has the capability to remove dirt and minor stains that affect surface enamel. This is why most toothpaste sold today uses the term. When you whiten your teeth with commercial products, you may be able to get back to your original brightness, but not beyond. Many of our patients have visited us after using commercial teeth whitening products that are unable to lift stubborn stains, such as from tobacco products.
The best teeth whitening in the West Hollywood area is not whitening at all, it’s bleaching. If you’re ready to get dramatic results from your whitening efforts, we can help. Contact Downtown Dental today for your consultation.