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What Is Pap and Is It Safe For Whitening Procedures

Posted on 10/15/2023 by Weo Admin
Close up comparison of before and after teeth whitening treatment on a man's smileEating fruits like papaya and pineapples will help in transforming the color of your teeth. They contain proteolytic enzymes that dissolve stain-causing proteins on your teeth. This enzyme is extracted and used to create Papain, commonly known as Pap. If you are considering whitening your teeth, you will come across this enzyme. Its popularity has grown over time and here is why.

First and foremost, it is a natural whitening agent. It is the main ingredient in most of the teeth whitening agents. Hydron peroxide was formerly used but pap has been clinically tested and proven for effectiveness and safety. It is a new concept that has not been used widely yet. It is known for breaking down and removing stains on teeth.

How it works

Pap is the short form of Phthalimidoperoxycaproic acid. It enters the enamel layer and breaks down the proteins found on teeth surfaces. Its enzymic action helps to dissolve the stains. It works by oxidizing stains. When pap comes into contact with teeth, it releases oxygen molecules. These molecules penetrate the enamel into the dentin breaking down pigmented compounds making them smaller and almost invisible resulting in a whitening effect. The oxygen removes the debris on the teeth giving you a perfect color on your teeth.

Why pap

Pap does not release free radicals. Instead, it oxidizes stains. Pap is considered safer and more reliable than hydrogen peroxide. The addition of hydroxyapatite improves the safety and efficiency of pap. It helps to maintain a healthy pH on your teeth and preserves your enamel. While there have been sources that the enzyme is not safe for use since it has not been in use for long, it is important to consider all the available options for the safety of your teeth. Consult with us to ensure proper use and the best results.

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