Tooth Bleaching

Most tooth bleaching products or methods use a gel that contains a tooth bleaching agent, either hydrogen peroxide or carbomide peroxide.

Which tooth bleaching gel depends on whether you get treatment from your dentist, or try it at home, with one of several methods available.

Dental office tooth bleaching procedure

Your dentist will usually use hydrogen peroxide as the main tooth bleaching gel. And your treatment is faster because the hydrogen peroxide is stronger and subsequently provides faster results. While at the dental office, you’re under controlled circumstances. Everything is done just so, by a professional that’s experienced in the procedure, so there’s less chance of side effects.

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At-home tooth bleaching

Companies that sell tooth bleaching products to be used at home use carbomide peroxide because it’s more stable.  And actually, when exposed to water, as in the oral environment, carbomide peroxide breaks down into hydrogen peroxide, which is what does the tooth bleaching. These carbomide peroxide concentrations generally run between 10% and 38%.

It’s interesting to note that a 6% hydrogen peroxide gel has the same concentration as a 22% carbomide peroxide gel.

There are some tooth bleaching products available with no peroxide, but they’ll only work on very mild staining. So if you want to get rid of more serious staining, you will have a bleaching gel in your procedure.

What are the other tooth bleaching ingredients?

You should always be aware of ALL the ingredients in your whitening gel, in case of mouth tissue irritation.  And most companies selling online don’t like to advertise their ingredients on their website. So it may be difficult to get the information you need.

Here are the most commonly found tooth bleaching ingredients.

Glycerin  acts as a filler to thicken the gel so it won’t wash out of trays.

Carbopol enhances the whitening power of carbomide peroxide. So, if that is your bleaching agent, this would be a good ingredient to have.

Potassium nitrate is a desensitizing agent. It will reduce any tooth sensitivity. And a 5% potassium nitrate gel is best. However finding that information will be a challenge!

It IS possible to purchase potassium nitrate separately to apply either before or after you use the gel.

Humectants are something to be concerned about. They help prevent drying out of the gel. Propylene glycol is one. It’s also found in antifreeze! So it could very easily be a cause of gum and other mouth tissue irritation.

Fluoride is found in lots of teeth whitening systems. While it’s touted as being good for tooth health, it can possibly worsen discoloration and even cause health problems if the concentration is too great.

A good cosmetic dentist that we would recommend will be forthcoming with information on all the tooth bleaching ingredients in the gel being used with his/her procedure. Also, the dentist will know what concentration of bleaching agent you require.  And all care will be taken to minimize any tissue irritation or sensitivity issues that may arise.