The Real Science Behind Hydrogen Peroxide Teeth Whitening
November 6th, 2020 6 minute read
Whether you saw Novashine on Tiktok, or you are just looking for the best teeth whitening option possible for brightening up your smile for the holiday season, it can be overwhelming to select the right product for you. Teeth whitening ingredients range from home remedies such as coconut oil, charcoal powder to professional dental level whitening gel containing hydrogen peroxide. Confused of whether any of these actually work? Don't worry! We are here to help!
How does Hydrogen Peroxide whiten teeth?
If you have checked out our website, it’s clear that our teeth whitening products have made incredible smile transformations. So how do we do that? The professional whitening results achieved with Novashine are backed by a scientifically formulated whitening gel formula with hydrogen peroxide, a whitening agent that can remove a lifetime of stains within just five uses.
Sound too good to be true? It’s not. But you may be wondering… How does hydrogen peroxide even work? Today we’re going to dive into the real science behind this Gold Standard ingredient that helps maintain bright, white teeth with no sensitivity.
First, we need to understand the structure of our teeth
The outer layer of our teeth is the enamel, which protects the sensitive inside layers. Our enamel is the beautiful white surface of our teeth that we see when we smile. Enamel is actually the hardest surface in the entire human body!
Inside the beautiful outer enamel layer, lies the dentin. The dentin is the sensitive layer of our teeth, and is composed of small tubules that connect the inner tooth to the enamel. When your teeth feel sensitive when drinking a super hot or cold beverage, this is probably because the dentin layer has been exposed.
Lastly, the tooth has the inner pulp, which is a network of nerves as well as blood vessels that connect the tooth to our gums. If the pulp is ever damaged, this will cause severe pain. So the extrinsic (outside) layer of your teeth consists of just the enamel. But the intrinsic layer (inside) consists of any cracks within the enamel layer and deep into the dentin. Understanding how our teeth are broken down may be a bit confusing, but it totally helps us explain why Novashine works so well to bring you dental-level results.
So, now that we understand how the tooth is broken down into layers, how does hydrogen peroxide work to whiten our teeth?
Most store bought toothpastes and whitening strips only target the outside stains on the extrinsic layers of our teeth. But products that only target stains on the outside, like charcoal toothpastes and baking soda home remedies, can actually worsen the conditions of our teeth due to their abrasive nature.
That's why Novashine uses a whitening formula that includes hydrogen peroxide. Rather than just causing scratches and damage to the outside of the tooth, the hydrogen peroxide whitening agent is able to penetrate into the dentin layer and lift intrinsic stains that have been caused by years of staining.
The oxygen from the hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) interacts with the stained tooth molecules and breaks apart the bonds holding these tarnished molecules together. As the hydrogen peroxide breaks these down, the oxygen spreads, leaving the appearance of the white smile you love.
High Concentration of Hydrogen Peroxide vs. Low concentration:
Although hydrogen peroxide acts as an awesome agent to help whiten teeth, it is also a very powerful chemical. High concentrations of hydrogen peroxide such as 35%+ are only allowed to be offered at in-office treatments and applied by dentists. Low concentration of hydrogen peroxide such as <6% is allowed for at-home teeth whitening kits. This ensures you are able to achieve the safest results possible at home, without worrying about damaging your teeth.
What about sensitivity?
Most teeth whitening brands or whitening strips that use hydrogen peroxide cause sensitivity due to the required use time and a lack of desensitizing agents. However, there are scientific ways to prevent sensitivity while brightening your smile! Novashine tackles these two problems with two methods.
- Include Desensitizing Agent in our standard formula. Potassium nitrate is a proven and widely used ingredient for desensitizing purposes in dental products. It is included in our gel formula so that our gel causes the lowest sensitivity compared to other teeth whitening products on the market.
- Use the blue LED light technology to pair with our low concentration hydrogen peroxide gel to provide the best possible teeth whitening experience available, reducing teeth whitening time by 4-5 times. The blue light waves energize our 6% Hydrogen Peroxide gel and speeds up the whitening process, ensuring the safest treatment possible.
In fact, 98% of our users say they experience little to no sensitivity using the kit!
If you're still not convinced, check out the amazing results from Novashine below:
How to choose the right teeth whitening product?
Teeth whitening is important for our oral care routine! When you come to search for the right teeth whitening products online, it’s overwhelming to see thousands of options from $5 to $200 essentially all claiming to be effective. Keep in mind that choosing the safest products for you is the most important, as some products can damage your teeth. Here at Novashine, our products are all developed by scientists from University of Missouri and backed by real cutting-edge clinical research. We take pride in using the highest standards for quality control so you can be assured the kit you use is safe and will get you the results you want, right from your own home!
Ready to give the Gold Standard of Teeth Whitening a try? Our hydrogen peroxide based Teeth Whitening products come in multiple forms- from an on-the-go Teeth Whitening pen to our Top-Rated Teeth Whitening Kit. We even have multiple gel flavors to bring you the best experience possible.