How Do Teeth Whitening Swabs Work?

A new method for dental whitening has emerged on the market in recent years.

It’s an at-home method that uses special teeth whitening swabs, previously only available to dentists. It is now being sold to the general public, and has caused quite a stir in the dental community.

Although many dentists and scientists say they need evidence before accepting the product, inventor Martin Giniger claims that his Power Swabs will revolutionize the business.

How Do Teeth Whitening Swabs Work?

As Power Swabs is the leading company in this niche, let’s look at their promotional material to understand the idea behind this new product. This is how they say it works:

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Stains are accumulated deep down in the enamel.

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Foam and liquid penetrates where pastes and gels can't reach.

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Enamel becomes hydrated by the whitening liquid. Sensitivity disappears.

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Stains and discolorations are "lifted" away from the tooth surface.

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Teeth have become cleaner, whiter and less sensitive.

This is not a bleaching method that uses peroxide to chemically alter the inner parts of the tooth. Instead it uses two different types of substances; Detergents and Surfactants.

  1. Detergents cleans the surface from stains and discolorations, creating a whiter and cleaner look. And because the foam quickly collapses into a liquid, it can reach all the small crannies and nooks of enamel, much unlike gels and toothpastes.
  2. Anionic surfactants are molecules with two very different ends; one that is soluble in water, and one that is not. This gives the tooth whitening swab liquid the same properties as the substances found in your everyday washing detergent. Meaning that one end binds to the stain and the other end binds to the water, causing the stains to be lifted away from the tooth when you brush with the swab.

A Whitening SwabIn the picture on the left you can see what a swab looks like (in case you didn’t know). You’re supposed to rub it over your teeth for two minutes, and you should see results within a few minutes. Repeat once daily until you are satisfied with the results. A good thing about this method is that it not only whitens teeth, but it actually works on all surfaces (like caps, veneers and crowns). All in all, I think this is an easy and quick method that is well worth a try. But since I haven’t tested this product myself, I really can’t give any proper teeth whitening swabs reviews.

Other Whitening Methods

If you are searching for other ways to get a beautiful smile, these methods are also effective:

  • Whitening toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Special kits that use trays filled with a bleaching gel.
  • Whitening strips
  • Professional bleaching by dentist

Finally, if you are looking to buy Power Swabs, here is a link. For other dental products, click here.

Photo credits: Power Swabs