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Bleaching vs. Whitening: A Cosmetic Dentist Explains the Difference

January 24, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_hagerty @ 9:51 pm

beautiful white smileNo one wants yellow teeth. They can dim down your appearance and add years to your face. That’s why so many people are flocking to teeth whitening products and procedures, and they might even buy into some of the crazy internet fades that are supposed to remove stains. But with all the buzz surrounding how to get a brighter smile, it might be difficult to understand some of the terms that get thrown around, particularly “whitening” and “bleaching.” Do they refer to the same thing? Your cosmetic dentist in Lansing is here to explain.

Bleaching and Whitening Are Not the Same

The difference between bleaching and whitening is pretty simple:

  • Whitening refers to processes that removes stains from teeth. It can include things like toothpastes and mouth rinses — or anything that cleans those pretty chompers of yours.
  • Bleaching is the proper term for products that whiten teeth beyond that natural color. They contain ingredients like hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. They’re what can give your smile that extra special gleam.

“But I don’t see any bleaching products at the store,” you might say. That’s because the word “bleaching” sounds a little harsh. After all, who wants to do the same thing to their teeth that they do to their toilet? Many items that are actually meant to bleach your teeth are labeled simply as “whitening” products. However, you shouldn’t be alarmed by this. Bleaching your teeth is safe if you listen carefully to your dentist’s recommendations about how to get the radiant pearly whites you’ve always wanted.

The Best Route to a Whiter Smile

Dr. Hagerty, your dentist in Lansing, offers professional bleaching services that will do more than remove surface stains. They’ll dramatically whiten your teeth, whether you opt for a short in-office procedure or you choose to take home a whitening kit.

First, though, Dr. Hagerty will examine your mouth to make sure your teeth are healthy enough for bleaching. After all, the most beautiful smile is a healthy one. He even offers free bleaching trays and gel for life if you’re committed to keeping your teeth and gums in good shape. You’ll just have to be sure to keep your regular dental appointments.

Maintaining Your New Dazzle

After you attain that can’t-stop-staring-at-it grin, you’ll need to take steps to maintain it. You can do touchups with your whitening kit, but you shouldn’t stop there. You ought to be aware of what things can gradually stain your teeth over time and try to avoid them (or at least cut back on them). Here are a few examples:

  • Dark fruits, like berries
  • Coffee
  • Red wine
  • Soda
  • Cigarettes
  • Chewing tobacco

Want a gleaming white set of teeth that helps you stand out from the crowd? Bleaching is the way to go!

About the Dentist

Dr. John Hagerty leads the team at our practice. He has decades of experience and is passionate about helping his patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. If you would like to learn more about professional bleaching services, please contact us at 517-481-4170.

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