The process of teeth whitening has come a long way in the last century, and nowadays the techniques available to cosmetic dentists are incredibly effective. All kinds of products are on the market that claim to whiten teeth, and they are popular because almost everyone wants to have a whiter, cleaner and more attractive smile.
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The History Of Teeth Whitening
The reality is that human beings have been trying to whiten their teeth for a very long time. Only in the modern era have these attempts really had a significant effect. Earlier methods were crude and occasionally very strange.
The most common method among ancient man was to simply chew on a stick. The stick would be taken from a tree with soft bark, and the end would be chewed until it had become frayed. Then the frayed end was used as a kind of early toothbrush to clean off unwanted food particles.
These sticks worked better than nothing, because the bark contained some natural chemicals that helped keep teeth strong and healthy. In fact, in some parts of the world today, people still use these chew sticks. However, they could not really whiten teeth that had a natural yellowish or brownish color.
Toothpaste was invented by the Egyptians from a mixture of pumice and wine vinegar. This was used in combination with chew sticks to get teeth cleaner and whiter than they had ever been. The Chinese traded in the sticks for the first toothbrushes made of bristles from hog’s hairs.
These bristles were stuck into bamboo handles, and the first toothbrush was born. European traders encountered them and brought these toothbrushes back with them. These rough bristles weren’t that popular, and so other types of bristles were used with hair from other animals.
The first attempt at chemical teeth whitening came from barbers in the 18th century who got teeth whiter by filing them down and dousing them in a mild acid. This worked in making them shiny, but it had the obvious negative side effect of weakening teeth.
The discovery of fluoride in the 18th century was a huge breakthrough. First, it was made into lozenge form and sweetened with honey. Then it was used in combination with the acid method.
Nowadays, dentists have improved teeth whitening processes so that even a one-hour treatment can make a noticeable effect without the danger and damage of the acid treatment of previous centuries. If you’re ready for brighter and whiter teeth, contact Dr. Mal Braverman in NYC.
From whitening to dental implants, Dr. Braverman can create a beautiful smile. To schedule an appointment, Call Us At 212-688-3838 Today!