What is Teeth Paint?
Many people love the idea of a brighter smile, but they aren’t sure which products they should use. A quick trip to any local drugstore will reveal a long list of products that claim to whiten your teeth from toothpaste to gels to tooth paint. You might begin to wonder which products you can use for long-term changes in the whiteness and brightness of your smile.
Tooth paint is particularly appealing to people because of how easy it can be to use at home. However, there are a few things that you should know before you grab that bottle off the shelf. What exactly is tooth paint and how do you go about using it?
What is Teeth Paint?
Unlike whitening gels and treatments, tooth paint is a temporary way to make your smile look brighter. You might choose to use tooth paint for a major event coming up where you know that your smile is likely to be photographed. It gives you instantly whiter teeth by providing a topcoat that covers up stains that have set in over the years.
To apply tooth paint, all you have to do is dry the teeth and apply the paint. It really is that simple. Keep your lips open until the paint is dry, and then you can go about the rest of your day as if nothing ever happened.
What Chemicals Are in Tooth Paint?
While the products may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, the good news is that there are no harsh chemicals in teeth paint. It is designed to be painted directly over the enamel, similar to a thin coat of nail polish. Throughout the day, it dissolves. Because it is usually made from food-grade additives, you will hardly even notice that it is leaving your teeth.
Teeth whitening products often contain some type of bleaching agent. At-home kits and whitening strips typically contain a weak form of peroxide. You can also get similar results by visiting a dentist and having your teeth professionally whitened with a more concentrated form of peroxide. However, tooth paint does not contain any of these types of products.
How Safe Is It?
There is almost no risk at all involved with applying teeth paint to brighten your smile for a short while. Real whitening products contain bleaching agents that can be harsh on the gums, particularly in areas where the enamel is thin. Up near the gum line, the enamel tends to be thinner than on the rest of the tooth and this can be irritated by bleaching products. These products can also cause tooth sensitivity.
On the other hand, teeth paint typically does not contain any type of peroxide or surface-type bleach. Your gums and the sensitivity of your teeth are safe.
How Effective Is It?
If you are interested in creating a visibly whiter smile for the long haul, teeth paint probably is not the product for you. Because it doesn’t penetrate the enamel of your tooth, it cannot actually breakdown the stains and produce brighter results. Some tooth paints will contain ingredients like hydrogen peroxide that can whiten teeth, but many of them do not.
Not only does it create temporary effects, but the odds are also that it won’t stick for as long as you would like. Tooth enamel is notoriously slippery due to the saliva inside of your mouth. It is extremely difficult for the paint to hold on to such a slick surface. As a result, you might find that the white results you see at first quickly fade away.
Does it Strengthen Enamel?
Unfortunately, tooth paint does little more than brighten the whiteness of your smile for a brief period. Many people mistakenly believe that they are applying a coat of paint and that it will strengthen the existing enamel. This thin coat of paint will dissolve throughout the day, leaving you with nothing but the enamel you started with. While it does not do anything to strengthen your enamel, it does not hurt it either.
Alternatives for Whitening Teeth
If you want long-term results, you will want to consider whitening products that contain stronger bleaching products. Some of these products are gels or whitening strips that can be purchased from local retailers. Almost all of these products will contain hydrogen peroxide that penetrates the tooth enamel and begins to break down stains from coffee, red wine, cigarettes, and other hard-to-remove stains.
However, you can also get a much stronger whitening agent by visiting a dentist who specializes in cosmetic procedures. They may use the same bleaching agent (peroxide) but it tends to be a much stronger and more concentrated version that can give better immediate results. These stronger treatments are not sold for at-home use because they require professional experience for application. Without attention to detail, you could do damage to the gums.
Keep in mind that an in-office procedure to whiten your teeth is significantly more expensive than the at-home kits. It often costs hundreds of dollars to have your teeth whitened by an experienced professional. Insurance does not typically cover this type of procedure.
You should also note that both at-home gels and strips, as well as in-office treatments, can have some unintended side effects. Many people report increased tooth sensitivity following these treatments. They can also suffer from gum irritation if they accidentally got some of the gel on the gums or near the gum line where the enamel is the thinnest.
Tooth Paint for Brighter Smiles
Many people hesitate to try at-home whitening strips or in-office procedures because of the costs and risks. Teeth paint tends to be a mild alternative for someone who just wants to look their best for a special occasion. It contains none of the harsh chemicals or ingredients and is completely safe for your consumption. There is no risk if you can practice expertly applying it. If you have been wanting an award-winning smile but can’t fork over the cash for a thorough whitening, tooth paint might just be the best thing for you to try!