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Gentle, Compassionate Care

If you feel nervous about dental treatment, we’re the office for you. Our modern amenities and gentle, caring team will make your visits comfortable and stress-free.

Straight Teeth in Six Months

You don’t have to spend years in braces to straighten your teeth. With short-term cosmetic braces, you could be showing off a new smile before your next cleaning!

Restore Your Healthy Smile

Are you missing teeth or struggling with loose dentures? Dental implants could change your life! Implants are a permanent and versatile way to restore your healthy smile.

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520.745.6871

Our Office Hours

Wilmot Rd. Location:

Monday, Tuesday: 8am-5pm
Wednesday: 9am-6pm
Thursday: 7am-4pm
Friday: 8am-12pm

Oracle Rd. Location:

Monday: 8am-5pm
Wednesday: 8am-5pm
Friday: 8am-3pm

The History of Teeth Whitening

Brunette man wearing a green T-shirt smiles after receiving teeth whitening at Stratman Family Dentistry in Tucson, AZ

Teeth whitening is one of the most common dental procedures performed today, but it’s not just a recent phenomenon. Its roots actually go back thousands of years! Let’s take a whirlwind tour through the history of teeth whitening and see how we got to where we are today.

Ancient Egyptians

Ancient Egyptians created a paste from ground pumice stone and wine vinegar to whiten their teeth. During this period, whiter teeth was linked to wealth and status.

Ancient Romans

This may seem a bit shocking, but records show that ancient Romans used urine to bleach their teeth (urine contains the bleaching agent ammonia!).

12th Century

During the 12th century, physicians suggested that people whiten their teeth with various pastes and powders, such as a sage and salt rub.

17th Century

Back when folks went to barbers for their dental needs, the barbers would file down teeth, making them a bit abrasive, and then apply a powerful nitric acid to whiten them. Unfortunately, this also meant severely damaging the enamel.

19th Century

In the beginning of the 19th century, the dental use of hydrogen peroxide, along with fluoride, became more popular.

20th Century

Teeth whitening practices made a few strides in the 20th century. First, dentists in 1918 found that using a heating lamp along with hydrogen peroxide would accelerate the process. Then, in the 1960’s, dental professionals found that allowing teeth to soak in peroxide overnight led to whiter results. Finally, opalescence carbamide peroxide, a type of whitening gel, was patented in the late 1980’s, and it remains the basic teeth whitening technique used to this day.

Modern Teeth Whitening

Fortunately, teeth whitening has come a long way since its early days, and now you have more options than ever to get a beautiful white smile. From take-home to in-office options, modern dental patients can choose a teeth whitening method that suits their budget and lifestyle. At Stratman Family Dentistry, we offer both types. If you’d like to learn more or are ready to book your teeth whitening appointment, contact our Tucson dental office today!

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Matthew Stratman, DDS, PLLC

801 North Wilmot Road, Suite D-1 | Tucson, AZ 85711

5577 N Oracle Rd | Tucson, AZ 85704

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