A Brief History of Teeth Whitening

Did you know that teeth whitening as we know it today has been around for over a century?

According to a report by the America Dental Association (ADA), way back in 1877, oxalic acid was used as a whitening agent. In 1884, tooth bleaching was carried out using hydrogen peroxide; and in 1918, the use of high-intensity lights was introduced to hasten the bleaching process.

But then, there were very few cosmetic dentists and teeth whitening wasn’t a topic generally talked about.

It was in the 1980s when in-office bleaching techniques became wide spread in the dental profession. Then, the 1989 publication of Haywood-Haymann paper “Nightguard Vital Bleaching” created much buzz on the use of carbamide peroxide as an active ingredient. Read more

Dental bleaching at the office help your teeth?

A pretty, shiny white smile is surely a plus. But showing bright, white teeth can be hard to do specifically as you get older. Tooth enamel can become thinner over time, and more vulnerable to staining from food and beverages. This causes the inner dentin to reflect through the enamel and the teeth end up being yellow and discolored. Should you consider going to a dentist office for bleaching at this point?

It usually takes about an hour for dental bleaching at the office and this consists of applying a hydrogen peroxide solution with or without the addition of a laser. If you make a decision to use a laser for tooth whitening, you will pay extra money but in the end it may turn out better. Read more