Teeth are an important part of physical appearance for many people, and they want to show a bright white smile. However, a new study reveals that whitening strips can damage your teeth. Terry Bass DDS is an expert in safe teeth whitening techniques with the latest technology. Outlined below are some of the things to look out for if you are using whitening strips at home. Terry Bass DDS can custom fit you for whitening trays quickly and easily. He’ll show you how to apply the whitening gel and assist you with your first application in-office. Then you will continue treatments in your home until your teeth are as bright as you want.
New research reveals we should treat over the counter tooth whitening products with caution
Studies have shown that most human teeth are not naturally pearl-white. Most teeth are different shades and hues that tend towards yellow. Nor are teeth uniformly colored. Despite this, there is an idea (which is especially prominent in North America) that perfectly white teeth are a symbol of beauty and self-care. For this reason, many people opt to whiten their teeth, either on their own or with the help of a cosmetic dentist. Statistic reports indicate that about 40.5 million people in the United States used tooth whitening products in 2018.
Studies now show that whitening strips can endanger tooth health
Bleach attacks the sensitive tooth layer Specifically, the researchers looked at how whitening strips, which people can buy over the counter, damage one of the teeth’s three layers. Dental whitening strips typically contain hydrogen peroxide as the main active ingredient. This is an oxidizing agent that some companies use a sterilizer, although more people may know it as a color-lightening agent. This is also the main substance used to bleach hair.
Researchers have discovered how hydrogen peroxide damages dentin, the “middle” layer of teeth. A tooth contains three different layers: a shiny enamel external one, a dent in a layer in the middle, and an inner layer that is mainly connective tissue, which helps keep the tooth safely in place. Hydrogen peroxide can pierce through the enamel and infiltrate dentin, which contains about 90–95 percent of the protein collagen. The collagen present in dentin becomes fragmented when exposed to hydrogen peroxide, which leads to the loss of collagen mass in that layer.
Results showed that treatment with hydrogen peroxide concentrations similar to those found in whitening strips is enough to make the original collagen protein disappear, which is presumably due to the formation of many smaller fragments.”
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