Many physical aspects come to mind when we think about beauty including healthy skin, weight, and facial features. In our society, healthy teeth are essential for a beautiful smile. Other than basic dental procedures, such as preventing cavities and gingivitis, we have the option to straighten our teeth with braces or whiten them. Teeth whitening stands alone in dental procedures because you do have an array of options outside of the office to achieve those pearly whites, which includes using whitening toothpaste and mouthwash daily, applying whitening strips, and a host of DIY ways you can find online. Can you really achieve a bright smile rubbing concoctions of ingredients you never thought of onto your teeth, or should you just play it safe and pay your dentist to get it done?

How are teeth whitened? Teeth can be whitened in a variety of ways. Both dentists and use-at-home kits, toothpaste, and mouthwashes use ingredients to cut through the colors on teeth and return them to their whitest. There are a few different main agents which can be used, though they all function in the same basic way. Both can penetrate the enamel to break molecular bonds that hold discolored molecules together. Depending on the amount of whitening ingredients used, you will penetrate into the extrinsic layer of your teeth, where surface stains are, or intrinsic layer, deep in the cracks of your enamel and dentin under it