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The Truth About Teeth Whitening Additives

Posted on September 29th, 2014

Patients spend lots of time and money trying to get the perfect white smile. What many patients don’t do, however, is consider just exactly what additives are in the whitening toothpaste and gels they use. It’s important to be informed on what additives are in these products and how they affect your individual oral health — what’s best for some patients isn’t always the best (or necessary) for others.

Types of Teeth Whitening Additives

Learn more about teeth whitening additivesBelow you’ll find just a few of the most common teeth whitening additives included in toothpastes and gels that create a faster, more pleasant teeth whitening experience:

  • Carbamide Peroxide — This additive contains an active bleaching agent of hydrogen peroxide, along with urea. A bleaching or whitening agent with 10 percent carbamide peroxide usually contains about 3.5 percent of hydrogen peroxide.
  • Fluoride — This common additive protects the enamel and provides relief for sensitive teeth, offsetting the abrasive effects of treatments that contain high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide.
  • Blue Covarine — This additive adheres to the surface of teeth, giving the optical illusion of white teeth. Because blue is opposite of yellow on the color wheel, adding a hint of blue to the surface of yellowing teeth can make them appear white.
  • Abrasives — Abrasives, such as baking soda, eliminate surface plaque and debris, gradually removing light surface stains.

The Bottom Line

All of these teeth whitening additives can be a bit overwhelming and end up sounding the same. For the most part, the inclusion of these additives is a simply a way for toothpaste companies to appeal to their target audiences. To best suit your dental needs, consult your dentist before choosing a toothpaste or over-the-counter whitening solution containing these or any other types of additives. Oftentimes an “ordinary” tube of toothpaste free of additives, when accompanied by proper oral care techniques, can provide all you need for a white, healthy smile.

Contact Cosmetic & Family Dentistry for Safe, Effective Teeth Whitening in Cary, NC

When in doubt, it’s best to visit a Cary, NC cosmetic dentist who is knowledgeable about teeth whitening treatments and best practices. Keeping the above additives in mind, your dentist can recommend a oral care regimen or create a whitening treatment specifically tailored to your mouth and your degree of yellowing teeth or mouth sensitivity.

Dr. Raymond Ferri and Dr. Patrick Lawrence of Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offer a variety of safe, effective Cary teeth whitening solutions. Contact us today by calling (919) 859-1330 to make an appointment to achieve your best smile.

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