You’ve probably seen the ads on social media. Charcoal toothpaste as the next big thing in teeth whitening. Just brush it on, and two minutes later you’ll have a brand new set of pearly whites. Unfortunately, like most miracle solutions, the results aren’t nearly as clear cut. Though the number of charcoal toothpastes on the market is growing, there is no decisive evidence suggesting they whiten your teeth. However, some evidence does suggest they could promote tooth decay.
According to a warning put out by the Oral Health Foundation, charcoal toothpaste can be abrasive. Abrasive toothpastes quickly wear away enamel, exposing our teeth to decay, and ironically making it easier for our teeth to stain more in the future.
Having stained teeth can be a constant source of embarrassment, but it doesn’t have to be something you live with. For safer tooth whitening, here are three superior options.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Teeth can naturally become discolored due to exposure to staining molecules that get trapped in tooth enamel, and food such as coffee, tea, and wine contain the worse. Once these staining molecules get trapped, they don’t respond to tooth brushing.
One option for teeth whitening is Zoom! Using this method, dentist put a protective cover over your gums, paint the whitener on your teeth, then use a catalyst light that encourages the whitening compound to break down stain molecules within about fifteen minutes. After three treatments, results can often be startling.
At-home whitening systems such as KöR Deep Bleaching use custom whitening trays worn overnight, and specifically designed for your teeth. Although your teeth will not be dramatically whiter right away, over time you can achieve a brighter white than you could with an in-office solution. And by wearing the trays periodically, you can maintain these results for longer.
With any whitening solution, there are limits. If your teeth have become discolored due to erosion of tooth enamel or internal staining, then the best solution is porcelain veneers. Veneers are a thin facade of advanced ceramic that are placed over your natural teeth to equalize size, close gaps, and cover chips and stains. Though considered by some to be expensive, they produce the most dramatic cosmetic results out there, and can last upwards of 20 years.
If you’re unsatisfied with your smile, then it may be time to schedule an appointment. To speak with a cosmetic dentist in Wichita Falls, TX, please call (940) 322-2252 today for an appointment at StarImage Dentistry.