Myths about teeth whitening – busted
Having sparkling, pearly white teeth is a strong desire for many people.
It not only helps improve your confidence but also often your social life and career success.
Currently, teeth-whitening treatments are among the most popular aesthetic dental procedures, in demand today.
However, there still exists a plethora of myths and misconceptions about teeth-whitening.
Many people are misinformed that teeth whitening can cause severe, often irreparable damage, to one’s teeth, and sometimes see it as a waste of money.
Below are 5 of the most common myths about teeth whitening:
- “Teeth Whitening ruins your tooth enamel”
Hydrogen peroxide (HO) is popular for its bleaching capability and converts into water in its chemical reaction while releasing oxygen.
Water and oxygen are safe elements that we use in our day-to-day activities so they are not likely to cause damage to teeth enamel.
- “Over-the-counter teeth-whitening products are as effective as treatments at a dental office”
Over-the-counter products are not of the same quality as the products we use in our practice, and it is much better to get a professional dentist to apply your treatment than to do it yourself.
- “All teeth are the same and whitening results should be like the ‘Hollywood’ smile”
There are many whitening options available, depending on the current shade of your teeth as well as your desired look.
- “If I have crowns, caps, dentures and veneers then I can’t whiten my teeth”
While you can whiten your natural teeth with hydrogen peroxide. Artificial surfaces like crowns, caps, dentures and veneers cannot disturb the process.
However, it is essential to see your dentist about your case. Some dentists believe that hydrogen peroxide can attack these artificial substances.
It is advisable to whiten your natural teeth before going for crowns, caps so that your natural teeth will match with the man-made ones.
- “Once whitened, teeth will stay white forever”
After tooth whitening, your smile will receive a “boost” in colour. As you continue to age, a yellowish colour may gradually develop.
To combat this, it is important to follow up with your dentist in order to touch up the treatment. Proper maintenance is very necessary in order to have a long-lasting result.
If you are interested in getting your teeth whitened by a professional get in contact today