Carbamide Peroxide vs. Hydrogen Peroxide
Teeth whitening is a common process that orthodontists and dentists across the US use. But, what exactly are we adding to your teeth to make them appear whiter? Introducing: Hydrogen Peroxide and Carbamide Peroxide.
The “whitening” gel used to complete this process is made up of either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. These chemicals are fairly safe, but they are not drugs, so they aren’t regulated by the FDA. So, this means that buying over-the-counter carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide isn’t the best decision. When in doubt, always talk to your dentist.
Carbamide Peroxide actually breaks down into hydrogen peroxide to work as a whitener. It’s a more gentle gel that works more slowly to reduce sensitivity in the teeth, which also keeps the patient more comfortable.
Hydrogen Peroxide is also a chemical used in wounds and mouthwash. The chemical changes the structure of a material under the enamel of the tooth to reflect light in a different way using oxygen. In a way, it oxygenates your teeth.
Brush, Floss, Mouthwash
Over all the chemicals, the classic dental hygiene never goes wrong. Brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash is the key to keeping your teeth clean, healthy, and sparkling white. Make sure to get your biannual dental cleanings in, and take care of yourself. Avoid foods and drinks that easily stain your teeth, such as coffees and teas.
Teeth whitening may cause some sensitivity, but the products used are generally safe. Consult your dentist for more information on what kinds of products we use.