Since the beginning of time, human beings have sought common patterns of beauty and teeth have been an important part of some cultures throughout history.
In the Paleolithic, for instance, men wished to have large and showy canines because in their view they were a symbol of strength and health. In ancient Imperial China, women dyed their teeth black, this tradition was called ‘ohaguro’. The Mayans made inlays of jade on their teeth and carefully filed the edges to demonstrate good social standing.
In Western culture teeth have also been the main protagonists of special care. In pre-Roman Spain, for example, rinsing with aged urine in cisterns was used to achieve whiter teeth. And for more than 100 years, oxygenated water and bleach have been used for the same purpose, together or separately, for teeth whitening.
In short, white teeth and a symmetrical and balanced smile have long been and are symbols of youth, beauty and health.
Fortunately, dentistry has been evolving for many years and one of the branches in which this evolution is most evident is in dental aesthetics. Thanks to it, we can obtain white and healthy teeth without having to drink strange concoctions and without putting our health at risk.
What does our tooth whitening consist of?
A dental whitening is a treatment that belongs to the branch of cosmetic dentistry and aims to clarify the shade of the natural tooth. To perform any type of whitening is necessary to make a prior general review of the oral cavity to confirm that everything is healthy and good prophylaxis.