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Teeth Whitening Marco Island FL | What Is Carbamide Peroxide?

Carbamide peroxide is a water-soluble, white crystalline solid compound consisting of urea – an organic compound, and hydrogen peroxide. It is used as a bleaching agent or disinfectant in consumer products such as antiseptic mouth rinses, toothpaste, solution for the disinfection of contact lenses and wounds, hair bleaches, hair perming products, ear drops, and hair relaxers. It is also an active ingredient in teeth whitening Marco Island FL products available from your dentist or drugstores.

How Carbamide Peroxide Works as Tooth Bleaching Agent

Upon contact with teeth, carbamide peroxide release hydrogen peroxide, which is a strong oxidizing and bleaching agent. It releases free radicals and hydrogen peroxide upon contact with water or outer surfaces of the tooth.

The Adverse Effects of Using Carbamide Peroxide in Tooth Bleaching

Hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide are both effective in teeth whitening. However, there are some risks and adverse effects as you can imagine in using carbamide peroxide as a dental bleaching agent, including:

  • Dentin sensitivity
  • Gingival irritation led by unstable and reactive H+ free radicals and low pH from prolonged use
  • May alter enamel surface morphology via enamel mineral loss and surface roughening
  • May lead to demineralization which involves reduced mineral content of enamel calcium, fluoride, and phosphate, and alteration of the structural, mechanical, and chemical properties
  • May affect the organic components of the tooth enamel which lead to increased vulnerability to dental erosion, decreased abrasion resistance to the treated area or fracture stability

Having Problems with Your Dental Aesthetics? Get Teeth Whitening Marco Island FL!

If you are unhappy because of your stained or discolored teeth and want to solve it via a non-invasive technique, then teeth whitening Marco Island FL treatment is what you need. Island Paradise Dental offers in-office teeth whitening treatment.  Contact us today to schedule an appointment with us and let us spruce up your smile the safest and most effective way possible.

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