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The Science of Teeth Whitening

Monday, December 19th, 2011

With cavities and periodontal disease less of a concern, more dental patients have turned their attention to improving their overall appearance with teeth whitening. Cosmetic treatments have become the most common service requests from dental patients, with more than ten million Americans spending $1.7 billion a year on teeth whitening products and services. Teeth whitening refers to “any procedure that changes the shade and appearance of teeth without using restorative materials” (1). This includes products dispensed by dental professionals and over-the-counter products.

Studies have shown patients who feel good about their physical appearance tend to adjust to illnesses better and experience shorter recuperation times.

The semi-clear, but hard outer layer tooth surface consists of enamel, which provides protection for the dentin. In 1951, a study revealed that radioisotope-labeled hydrogen peroxide could penetrate enamel to the dentin pulp. Hydrogen peroxide makes up the main ingredient in many tooth whitening products (1, 2). Other whitening products contain carbamide peroxide.

The tooth enamel is made of hydroxyapatite crystals. The formation of microscopic hexagonal rods makes the tooth enamel porous. The teeth change color due to the penetration of staining agents into the enamel, which makes it a challenge to clean the otherwise harmless stains from the tooth surface.

Causes of Teeth Discoloration

The success of teeth whitening treatments has as much to do with the type, intensity and location of the discoloration. The diagnosis performed by the dental professional represents the most important aspect of addressing tooth discoloration issues. The dentist’s evaluation determines if the discoloration  lies in the enamel surface or is a deeper staining, which affects the tooth’s structure.

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What are the Best Ways to Whiten Teeth, Freshen Breath?

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

There are many ways to improve your smile, but if you want to stick to the best ways to whiten teeth, then TheraBreath may have what you need. We manufacture a special tooth whitening kit that leaves all others in the dust.

Bleaching your teeth used to be a very expensive
process, one that involved thousands of dollars and multiple trips to the dentist’s office. In those days, clinicians had to make molds of your teeth, after which it typically took more than a week before the resulting mouthpiece was ready to be used.

Then you had to visit the dentist and sit in a chair
with peroxide-filled molds in your mouth for several hours. The bleaching agent was relatively mild then, meaning that it usually required more than one such trip in order to get whiter teeth.

These days, professional tooth bleaching has come a long way, and it is now one of the best ways to whiten teeth. But it’s not the only way. In fact, many people prefer doing their own bleaching at home, since it is cheaper and can be just as effective.

Here’s how to whiten your teeth quickly and safely. First, avoid tooth-whitening kits that involve strips or brush-on paste. The latter must dry out in order to work properly, and if you accidentally salivate while it’s setting, you can leave yellow patches on your pearly whites.

Likewise, strips will bleach the front and back of each tooth, but they cannot get into the crevices, which can leave your smile looking like it has brown grout between each tooth.

The solution is to use a TheraBrite PLUS home bleaching kit, which is one of the most effective ways to whiten teeth. Its customizable molds and special carbamide peroxide gels get all sides of your teeth looking as clean and bright as porcelain.

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Whiten Your Teeth the Right Way

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Extreme Teeth WhiteningIt’s easy to get caught up in those flashy commercials and advertisements that show you before and after photos of gleaming white smiles and perfect teeth, but are those really the results you can expect?  If you want to whiten your teeth the right way, you may need to apply a few whitening treatments before you see positive changes.

There are three basic types of procedures to whiten your teeth at home.  You can also go to the dentist to do it, but that method is prohibitively expensive for most folks.  You can go to any pharmacy or online teeth whitening site and purchase whitening strips, brush-on whitening kits, or trays with bleaching gels.  Out of the three of these, the trays are by far the most effective.  There are three main reasons why: (more…)

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Probiotics, Teeth Whitening, and Bad Breath

Friday, February 19th, 2010

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Probiotics have taken an even greater plunge into the mainstream. The mint form of these probiotics are now stocked in over 7,000 stores throughout the US. Allegedly, this probiotic mint is supposed to help encourage good health for the teeth and gums. It is said that this oral probiotic supposedly has teeth whitening qualities, as well as the ability to banish bad breath. Streptococcus mutans is the main bacteria that causes tooth decay, and this bacteria transforms sugars in the mouth (from snacks, meals, etc.) into acids, which in turn attack the enamel of the teeth and possibly cause lesions or caries. This probiotic targets this bacteria and helps prevent the damage it can cause.

Obviously, more research has to be done on these new probiotics before further developments and assumptions can be made.  We are finally seeing the probiotic market expanding throughout the US, after being stuck in a smaller niche for so long. Other companies are doing research in hopes to formulate a type of probiotic that fights against dental caries. Some of these new formulas will likely have the probiotic Lactobillus paracasei, which binds to the bacteria that causes caries and groups them together.

Also, Aktiv-K12 is an excellent probiotic that helps prevent and treat bad breath, so check it out!

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Secrets of Teeth Whitening at Home

Monday, June 15th, 2009

I began practicing dentistry in 1975 – at that time I had just graduated with my DDS degree from UCLA and was eager to make my mark as a dentist. I worked a double shift at a dental clinic near the corner of Hollywood and Vine (about as unglamorous an intersection as you will ever find, especially when seeing emergency patients at 10:30 pm) and at a clinic near CBS Television City (where I once fixed the cracked denture of a famous Vaudevillian who was appearing across the street).

 Home Teeth Whitening

Everybody loves a bright white smile,
and there are many different procedures available
to help you improve the look of yours.

At any rate, it really didn’t matter at which socioeconomic level my patients came from. This was Los Angeles; everyone was very image conscious about their smiles. Back in the 70′s, cosmetic dentistry meant using “Pearl Drops” toothpaste.

A lot has changed in the past 28 years, and especially in the last 10 years in the field of teeth whitening, both in the dental office and at home.

Two Methods For Teeth Whitening

*1st method: Dental (In-Office) Teeth Whitening is effective, but can be a time consuming and expensive procedure.

I can tell you from first-hand experience, dentists love the patient who wants his or her teeth bleached in the dental office. Back in the early ’90′s, there was only one option!

Your dentist would make molds of your teeth, send them off to a lab, and in 5-10 days receive back your custom fitted mouthpiece. Then you would sit in the dental chair for 1-2 hours, with these plastic molds filled with peroxide (at a very low concentration) pressed against your teeth and gums.

After 3-4 visits, you teeth would be officially declared whiter (and usually they were), and you would be sent home with a nice, fat $500 – $1,000 bill to pay. With whiter teeth of course.

Now, I’ll be the first to admit, dental office whitening has come a long way in the past 10 years. Now, the most popular dental whitening procedure known as laser bleaching (or power bleaching, argon bleaching, etc.) which basically consists of the application of a concentrated peroxide gel spread onto your teeth, and for the next hour you sit in a dental chair with your mouth wide open, while a special light (usually argon) is shined onto the paste which chemically reacts with the peroxide to complete the bleaching process in as short a time period as possible.

This procedure does work (although many dentists say that you get a whiter smile by repeated tray applications because the peroxide stays in contact with your teeth for longer periods of time); however, the downside is that you still get stuck with that fat $500 – $1,000 bill (at least for the good dental whitening!). Furthermore, you still need to either come back 6 months later for another whitening (excuse me – a touch up!), or you’re given some take home bleaching items (then, why did you spend $500-$1000 dollars for the in-office procedure?)

Fortunately (as with most other things in life), technology stepped in to make teeth whitening easier and more affordable!

*2nd method: Home Teeth Whitening is now as effective as dental office treatments, in addition to being less expensive and more convenient.

It’s now possible (in almost all cases) to achieve dental office quality teeth whitening, from the comfort of your own home.

At-Home teeth whitening and bleaching has taken a bite out of (sorry about the pun) the in-office power bleaching systems, where millions of corporate advertising dollars now compete with the comfort of doing it at home.

And rightly so…

Up until a few years ago, teeth whitening was a fairly complex process – the hard part was making those fitted mouthpieces for each patient. For this reason alone, home teeth whitening was not an option for most people.

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Essentially, There Are 3 Different Types of Home Teeth Whitening Available:
Brush-on whitening
Strips you stick on your teeth
Trays with bleaching gels

*1st Type: Brush-on Whitening
Brush-on whitening in principal is a great concept. Just brush on the formula, allow it to dry on your teeth, and let it stay on your teeth overnight. Sounds simple, right?

In reality, brush-on whitening is designed for the segment of the public that is in love with shortcuts. (In other words, for those people who don’t want to spend the time to do it right the first time).

Why doesn’t Brush-on Whitening work?

Brush-on Whitening has Two Main Flaws:

Flaw 1: When you brush on the formula, it relies on the premise that it will dry on your teeth. This is great in principle, but if you get the formula wet (i.e. from saliva) then it becomes REALLY easy to rub off parts of the whitening formulas. Guess what happens if you rub off only part of the whitening formula? You got it – you don’t get an even whitening result! It turns out patchy, and blotchy. It reminds me of the time I painted our first apartment…don’t ask!

Flaw 2: The second flaw with most brush-on whitening, in my opinion, is the ingredients. If you look at the ingredient list of the leading brush on whitener, you’ll see the first ingredient is alcohol – and if you’ve read my free ebook, The Bad Breath Bible, then you already know that alcohol is terrible for your breath! Actually, I’m sure the reason why they’ve added alcohol to their formula is because it’s needed as a desiccant (something that dries out the formula so that it supposedly stays on your teeth at night); however, that still doesn’t diminish the effect it can have on your gums and your breath. Also, most of these brush-on whitening formulas contain glycerin, which literally sucks the moisture out from the enamel of your teeth and is the primary cause of most tooth sensitivity from whitening.

*2nd Type: Teeth Whitening Strips
The second most common type of home teeth whitening is using whitening strips. The main lure of this type of home teeth whitening is their simplicity of use. They’re easy to apply and no preparation is necessary. Again, everybody loves shortcuts, right? Unfortunately, once again that’s exactly the type of teeth whitening you end up getting! Let me explain…

Why don’t Teeth Whitening Strips work?
Strips that stick on your teeth usually consist of an upper strip and a lower strip each pressed against the outer surface of your teeth. Now think about this for a second…are your teeth completely flat? Of course not – they have recesses and grooves, particularly between each tooth. Well imagine you’re painting a fence, and you just slapped paint on the outside, without taking the time to paint the grooves between each wooden board. That fence would look pretty funny wouldn’t it? Nicely painted on the outside, but in the grooves between each wooden board, still dark and dingy, with all of the old paint showing.

When you use whitening strips, the same thing can easily happen to your teeth if you’re not careful. The whiter your teeth become, the more pronounced those dingy cracks seem! Eventually it can end up looking like you have small gaps between your teeth. Definitely not the desired result!

*3rd Type: Trays With Bleaching Gels  (MOST EFFECTIVE!)
Trays with bleaching gels still provide the best combination of the most affordable and most efficient tooth whitening available. Since I’m a dentist, I can let you in on a few little secrets here.

First, most of the bleaching gels available at your dentist are exactly the same. There is very little difference from one dentist to another, because the gels are formulated by a small number of manufacturers.

Second, most of the bleaching gels available at retail stores are of very poor quality. They’ve been sitting in a warehouse or on a truck for who knows how long – and, because they are designed to be “low cost” (with low cost being sometimes the only consideration), they have very low concentrations of active ingredients.

Make sure you use a bleaching gel with a concentration of at least 21% – this means a whiter result in a shorter period of time!

Home Teeth Whitening
Teeth Before Starting TheraBreath Treatment
Home Teeth Whitening
Teeth After 2 Weeks of TheraBreath Treatment

Third, the one thing in common between dental bleaching gels and store gels is that they both use glycerin as a carrying agent. Now there is nothing wrong with glycerin; it is not dangerous in any way. However, when mixed with carbamide peroxide the glycerin is used to draw water out of the enamel in order to speed up the bleaching process. This is what causes the most common side effect of bleaching – sensitive teeth! (By the way, my TheraBrite Formula Whitening Kits don’t use a glycerin base – that’s just one reason why it’s so unique.)

Armed With This New Knowledge, What Should You Do?

Well, there are 4 KEY COMPONENTS to making sure you get the best possible tooth whitening every time you whiten your teeth.

  1. Immediately before bleaching, brush your teeth with an oxygenating toothpaste combined with the finest natural polishing agents AND aloe vera to strengthen your gums and prevent any sensitivity.
  2. Use form-fitting mouth trays that are fitted to your specific bite. Make sure they fit snugly around each tooth, and at all points they press firmly around the sides of your teeth and gums.
  3. Use a 21% concentrated bleaching gel based on carbamide peroxide that is formulated specifically to reduce the sensitivity to your teeth and gums. (In other words – no glycerin!)
  4. Immediately after bleaching, enhance the effect by using an oxygenating oral rinse. Make sure to use a mouthwash without alcohol as this can actually chemically curtail the bleaching effect.

The TheraBrite Deluxe Home Whitening Kit

The TheraBrite Whitening System is one of the most effective home whitening systems. It uses a moldable tray system that contains mouthpieces which you can actually fit to your mouth. You mold them by soaking them for a few seconds in warm water, then you press the plastic up (or down) against your teeth and gums. When the plastic cools you have a nice soft plastic mouthpiece that is fitted to the curves of your particular smile.

TheraBrite and How It Works to Whiten Teeth
TheraBrite PLUS oxygenating formula safely whitens your teeth with the power of oyygen (OXYD-8)!

To make sure your teeth are as clean as a whistle, and to make sure that the TheraBrite bleaching gel directly contacts your tooth enamel (instead of dental plaque), brush your teeth for two minutes with an oxygenating toothpaste immediately before bleaching. You should use as strong of a bleaching gel as possible to ensure that the time your teeth are in contact with the whitening gel is well spent. The older gels used 16% carbamide peroxide, but the newer gels, like TheraBrite Whitening, can be as high as 22% peroxide.  However, it’s imperative that the gel does not contain any glycerin to reduce any sensitivity the whitening gel may have on your teeth and gums. A flavored bleaching gel also helps – why not make the experience as pleasant as possible? No need for it to taste bad!

TheraBrite Deluxe Whitening Kit
The TheraBrite PLUS Deluxe Whitening Kit is the most effective home-whitening available. The Thermoplastic mouthgards mold to the contours of your teeth and gums, while the 21%+ Carbamide Peroxide Gel delivers the fastest home whitening available.
After your TheraBrite At-Home Bleaching session, it is very wise to rinse thoroughly with an oxygenating mouthwash to prolong the effect (an alcohol-based mouthwash will chemically curtail the bleaching process).

Follow this procedure 5 days in a row, doing the top and bottom arch separately for comfort (you can try to do both at once if you prefer – I actually do it this way, but everyone is different), and you will have a noticeably whiter smile – guaranteed!

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