Do Whitening Toothpastes Work?

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New Hamburg dental offices hear it all the time: a patient needs an appointment but is afraid of visiting the dentist. Fears of the dentist are often due to a bad experience in the past. Other times, it’s anxiety caused by the unknown. In either case, it is possible to overcome your fears.

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Teeth whitening is one of the most common general dentistry New Hamburg treatments. Despite this, many people turn to toothpaste to whiten their teeth. Unfortunately, whitening toothpastes do little to remove stains on teeth.

What Can Whitening Toothpaste Help With?

Whitening toothpaste can remove new stains from the surface of your teeth. This includes fresh stains caused by foods like coffee, red wine, and tea as well as from smoking.

How Does Whitening Toothpaste Work?

Most whitening products contain peroxide to bleach teeth. Whitening toothpaste, however, uses different chemicals. These either break down or dissolve stains. Some also use blue covarine to reduce the yellow appearance of teeth. Finally, toothpaste tends to use an abrasive like hydrated aluminum oxide, calcium carbonate, or magnesium carbonate to scrub stains away and leave teeth polished.

How Long Does It Take to See Results?

Depending on the toothpaste you use, your diet, and the extent of stains, whitening will take anywhere from two to six weeks. The exception is toothpaste with blue covarine, which can change the colour of teeth immediately. Usually, you need to use the toothpaste twice per day. However, you should check the instructions on the product to avoid damage to enamel.

The Limitations of Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening toothpaste is unable to remove deep stains or dramatically chance the colour of your teeth. It can also cause sensitivity of the gums and may only have short-term effects.

A better option may be a professional treatment from your New Hamburg dentist. The procedure is safe, as your gums will be protected from the chemicals. A professional whitening also leads to instant results and most patients are at the dental clinic for no more than one hour. You can even choose the exact shade you want for your teeth. Pay us a visit to receive the treatment at 25 Byron St New Hamburg.

If you feel uncomfortable at your current practice, find a new dentist. The right dentist for you will be patient, gentle, and willing to listen to your concerns. Treatment will never come with surprises — the dentist will explain procedures beforehand, including how you can expect everything to feel.

Ask About Sedation Options

Dentists who specialize in dental fears will be able to offer you a sedative before treatment. Your options include nitrous oxide (laughing gas), which wears off immediately, an oral sedative for moderate sedation, and IV sedation for severe fears. You can even receive sedation for routine checkups.

Create Distractions

Learn relaxation techniques or find other ways to distract yourself while you’re in the dental chair. Even simple breathing exercises can have a big impact. Another option is listening to music. If you hate the sound of the dental equipment, bring noise-canceling headphones.

Bring a Friend or Relative

Ask a friend or family member to come to the appointment with you. Make sure to pick someone who has no fear of the dentist.

Split Treatment into Various Appointments

If you need extensive treatment, talk to your dentist about dividing the treatment into several appointments. This will allow you to start small and build up. You’ll also learn to become more comfortable in the dentist chair.

A New Hamburg dentist experienced in dental phobias is Dr Chiang- New Hamburg. Book a consultation to visit our clinic and start receiving dental treatment in a welcoming, friendly environment.

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