How Does Tooth Whitening Work?

When you look in the mirror or see photographs of yourself, do you find yourself wishing that you had a whiter, brighter smile? Tooth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures, and can be accomplished at the office of your Tucson dentist, or at home with custom trays. A whiter smile can make you feel more confident, which can translate into more positive experiences in your social, professional, and personal life. Whiter teeth can also give you a more youthful appearance, so consider tooth whitening if you are looking for an easy way to combat the signs of aging. Keep reading to learn how tooth whitening works.



Deciding to whiten your teeth is a simple but significant step in investing in your overall well-being. The process of bleaching your teeth uses an active ingredient to change the color of your tooth enamel, making it as much as seven times brighter than your natural color. Bleach uses either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide in differing concentrations to break up stains. This process can be done in your dentist’s chair, or in the comfort of your own home. The bleaching products you get from your dentist are more powerful, more effective, and more efficient at giving you a white smile than those you’d find in a drugstore. Bleaching can help remove stains on the surfaces of your teeth, as well as stains that are deeper in the teeth.


There are other whitening options that do not use the same ingredients as bleaching, but they tend to provide less visible results. Whitening toothpastes have special chemical or polishing ingredients that can break up surface stains. The process of abrasion helps to remove stains from food, drink, and possibly tobacco use. If you have severely discolored teeth or you want more obvious results, whitening with the help of your dentist may be a good option for you.

Contact Manela Dental in Tucson at (520) 744-2039 to schedule your next dentist’s appointment. We provide comprehensive professional dental care to all of our patients, including many procedures to give you a smile you can feel proud of.