What is PAP? And why is it better than peroxide? Let us tell you...
Teeth whitening is one of the world’s most prevalent cosmetic concerns. 71% of British adults don’t feel confident showing their teeth when they smile, because of discoloured teeth. We gain stains from tea, coffee, blueberries even certain medication like antibiotics. Yet whitening teeth is not always an easy fix. There are problems with cost and the long-term health of teeth after whitening. However, there is a new technology on the block that not only whitens and cleans teeth, but also restores enamel that mainstream peroxide products erode.
Let us introduce you to PAP.
What are the issues with current teeth whitening products?
Majority of mainstream teeth-whitening products, including professional dental methods, contain peroxide. Although peroxide is proven to bleach the surface of the tooth, it also has a track record of harming long-term oral health.
What can it cause? Dentin allergies, oral mucosa (damaging the membrane lining in the mouth), irritation, hypersensitivity, burning sensations and irreversible damage to enamel. It has such a strong impact on the longevity of enamel, that the EU Council Directive have limited the amount of hydrogen peroxide in over-the-counter dental products. Peroxide containing products may remove superficial stains, but they also are proven to damage the health of enamel. Queue PAP.
What is PAP?
PAP, which stands for Phthalimido-Peroxy-Caproic acid, is a new, non-invasive teeth whitening technology, which causes minimal damage to enamel health. Most common whitening methods are invasive and contain hydrogen-peroxide, which leaves teeth, as quoted in a scientific study, ‘irreversibly damaged by cutting enamel.’
Oxidation is a necessary process for whitening, as it neutralises organic double bonds that cause discolouration in teeth. PAP contains a high potential of oxidation which dissolves stains that have built up on enamel surface, behind the enamel and passes through to the dentine layer, neutralising even deeper stains. Blue light technology, (used in the new STYLSMILE Ultimate Teeth Whitening Kit), accelerates the PAP to help penetrate through the three layers of teeth, to access deeply entrenched discolouration. This cleans and restores teeth on three levels, unlike any peroxide-based products.
Does it really work?
Yes. It is proven by multiple scientific dental studies, including reports by the Journal of Applied Oral Science and Elsevier, that high concentration PAP-based whitening agents are as effective as hydrogen peroxide-based products. The studies also show that PAP is less harmful to enamel and oral health, than peroxide products. The JAOS study showed 59% of all examined teeth saw an improved colour after one use, in just 24 hours. Whereas hydrogen peroxide-based treatments rely on multiple use for similar results. Studies show that 5% PAP is equivalent to 3% peroxide; meaning you need more of a good thing to do the job. PAP whitens teeth just as well as peroxide, without the risk to enamel and dentine health.
"PAP whitens teeth just as well as peroxide, without the risk to enamel and dentine health"
So, it is good news all round for the future of teeth whitening. PAP is a safe, scientifically proven, effective, and restorative technology, that not only whitens teeth, but cleans them on three different levels. The brand new STYLSMILE Ultimate Teeth Whitening Kit utilises PAP technology, in both its toothpaste and whitening gel syringes. Our blue light mouth tray energises PAP to reach beyond the surface of enamel and neutralise deep discolouration. The STYLSMILE toothpaste combines fluoride and PAP tech to remineralise, whiten and cleanse teeth, transforming everyday brushing into a 3-in-way approach to teeth cleaning.
*According to a study, it was proved that PAP tooth whitening gel was much safer and more reliable than HP based products