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 TreatmentsWork?

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 Spark Whitening, 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 Spark Whitening 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 Spark Whitening 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. Spark Whitening 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.