By now, you have surely heard of tooth whitening. This method of cosmetic enhancement has been around for quite a long time now. But it wasn't until recent years that it has become commercially available to the mainstream public. The reason for this is that it has become cheap enough in the last few years to make this technology accessible to the masses. And a lot of people are having it done these days. Have you noticed this? As a matter of fact, almost all celebrities and other people that regularly appear on television have had it done. But how exactly do you get such impressive results?

Hydrogen Peroxide Teeth Whitening Treatments

You may have tried a whitening toothpaste or a mouthwash from your local supermarket when you were shopping around for groceries. You see a tube of whitening paste standing there and you wonder if it will work. So you throw it in your shopping cart because it's only a few dollars. And if it doesn't work, then what the heck. At least you tried! Most people are disappointed by the results that come from whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. That's because these products aren't exactly the best tooth whiteners that money can buy. These products do not contain any hydrogen peroxide and will therefore always leave you wanting for more results.

If you are serious about whitening your teeth, then you're looking at a whitening kit based on a hydrogen peroxide containing gel. This hydrogen peroxide is an aggressive substance that has oxidizing properties. When it comes in touch with moist environments, such as the surface of your teeth, then it will start a heavy chemical reaction. The stains that you are trying to get rid of with teeth bleaching, are all in your tooth enamel. The hydrogen peroxide penetrates your enamel and breaks down the stains that have formed there over the years. The byproducts of this reaction are all colorless.

When the hydrogen peroxide has finished its chemical reaction, your teeth will appear to be whiter. When stains in the enamel are broken down, your enamel regains its natural transparency. This allows your teeth's natural whiteness to be revealed again. But always be careful when using hydrogen peroxide based gels to whiten your teeth. The hydrogen peroxide not only breaks down the stains in your enamel, but also the enamel itself. It's okay if the enamel becomes only a little bit damaged, because then it can recover. But should it get damaged too much, then it cannot recover. This will leave you with permanently more sensitive teeth. So be careful!