Those whitening trays and strips in your bathroom may seem like a recently introduced glam ritual but in reality, the act of teeth-whitening has been around for centuries. With all the modern techniques out there these days, the art of whitening has become less painful, safer and more efficient than it ever was. The Seattle Times came out with a history lesson that we decided to share on whitening, so you can appreciate the options you have now. Trust us- you will!
“Chew sticks” (small twigs that a person chewed on) were used to brush teeth in general- this technique was the closest to white teeth you were going to get back then.
The ancient Egyptians, created a whitening paste using ground pumice stone mixed in wine vinegar. The whiter your teeth were- the wealthier you appeared…apparently.
Ancient Roman Period
Brace yourself- the Romans used a mixture of goat milk and stale urine to try to keep their teeth white. The urine’s ammonia served as a bleaching agent. (We told you that you would be thankful for today’s techniques)
People in this period relied on their hairdressers (or “barbers”) for the care of not only hair, but teeth. They would file down the teeth and apply an acid to whiten them. It worked for the moment, however it eroded tooth enamel and led to decay later on.
By the late 1800s we finally figured out that substances such as oxalic acid, calcium hypochlorite, and peroxide were ok to use as bleaching agents. Thank heavens!
In-chair and at-home whitening options are limitless. You tell us what is best for your schedule, budget and time and we will find something that will work for you.
Visit Welch Dental Group today – a safe, comfortable, and welcoming whitening environment for everyone. Call us at 281.395.2112 or fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment.