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How Does Hydrogen Peroxide Work on My Teeth ?

Teeth become discolored or darker over time as teeth acquire staining molecules on and within the enamel and dentin. These molecules contain double bonds that cause them to be colored. This occurs when normal white light interacts with the double bonds and some of the light is absorbed. The remaining light, which is what we see, is dimmer and is no longer white (the tooth appears darker and discolored).

When a whitening gel (either carbamide or hydrogen peroxide) is applied to the teeth, the peroxide penetrates the enamel and dentin. During this time, the peroxide breaks down into its active, whitening components. These active components break the double bonds, resulting in a molecule with only single bonds. These new compounds (the single bonds) no longer absorb portions of white light. The result is a tooth that is no longer discolored so it appears lighter and/or whiter.

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