How It Works

How do teeth whiteners work?

You are probably pretty overwhelmed with the numerous options to choose from. Below we tried to break down the most common teeth whitening methods and how these teeth whiteners work so you can make the best decision for your teeth.

1. How do At-Home and In-Office Dentist Whitening Treatments Work?

This is the most common way to whiten your teeth and is also known as teeth bleaching. How does this teeth whitening technique work? Whether you choose to whiten your teeth with an at-home treatment, like Dental Pro at Home, or at your dentist the science behind it is essentially the same. In fact, really the only difference is that you will pay over 85% more when you choose to whiten your teeth at a dentist.

In both cases the first step is to customize your mouth tray. This ensures even whitening and helps prevent the solution coming into contact with your gums. At the dentist this may take multiple visits if they take impressions. With Dental Pro at Home it will take less than 10 minutes and requires only hot water and the trays provided in your system.

Second, you insert the bleach onto the trays. The dentist will do this for you at the office. With Dental Pro at Home we provide you with an easy to use syringe to dispense the solution onto the tray.

Next, you put the tray in your mouth and let the action begin! If you are wondering what happens when the trays are in your mouth, essentially the solution reacts gently with the surface of your teeth, also known as the enamel. Since the enamel is made up of thousands of tiny hollow, tube-like structures, it is extremely absorbent and absorbs the pigments of the food and other items that caused your stains. The teeth whitener solution counteracts this and lightens the pigments.

2. How do Whitening Strips Work?

Whitening strips can be found at your local drugstore. They are tape-like and have a peroxide-based whitening solution lined on the surface. The science behind the whitening is the same as the over the counter and dentist office whitening solutions, but you may not see uniform results. Dental Pro at Home and in-office dentist treatments use trays that immerse your teeth in the whitening solution, whereas, with whitening strips you aren't able to get the solution in all the crevices in your teeth. Additionally, the solution on whitening strips is much weaker which means it may take much longer to see your desired results.

3. How does Laser or Light Based Whitening Work?

There has been a lot of buzz about light based whitening over the past year. This is the most expensive of all the options and can cost over $1000. With this option you use a hydrogen peroxide based solution and light. The theory behind it is that the heat and UV from the light serve as a catalyst to decompose the hydrogen peroxide. However, this is just a theory, and some scientists believe that the lights don't generate enough heat or give enough UV light to make a huge impact. The results have been mixed in numerous studies, but in general there have been no conclusive results that this is a better option than the traditional over-the-counter and dentist office whitening solutions.

4. How do Natural Teeth Whiteners Work?

These most likely will not have the same results and will take longer to get any results as the other three teeth whitening other options, but may be the best option if you are sensitive to any of the other ingredients. Many of these products have ingredients such as calcium carbonate, sodium chloride, or bamboo powder. There are many resources online where you can find more about these products and even find home made recipes.

What Causes Yellow Teeth

The Science behind Yellow Teeth

Your teeth, like your fingerprints, are unique. The same goes for teeth color. You may or may not have been born with pearly white teeth like your close friend, but over time you likely have seen your teeth yellow and have started to see a few stains show up. So, although genetics does play some role, your daily lifestyle can potentially be playing an even bigger role. The enamel on your teeth is porous which leads to it absorbing quite a few things that come into contact with it. A good rule of thumb to remember is if it can stain your white shirt, it will likely stain your teeth. The good news is that teeth whiteners can reverse the effects. We provided you with a checklist of stain causing agents below and a few tips on how to minimize their impact.

Are any of these stain causing agents part of your daily routine?

If you answered yes, you may see your teeth discolor or stain quicker than you would otherwise. The best way to minimize your impact is to either limit your use and/or take preventative measures like brushing after consumption to minimize future stains and discoloration. Remember to also get regular check-ups with your dentist - they will thoroughly clean your teeth to help get rid of some of the deeper stains.

Always consult with your dentist or doctor prior to eliminating anything out of your diet.