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Myth or Fact: The True Benefits of Teeth Whitening

You’ve considered whitening your teeth for some time. You haven’t loved your smile in weeks, months, or years. You know that you want a brighter, whiter smile-like the smiles on TV or like your office pals. But you’ve been a little hesitant to book an appointment with your dentist.

After all, you’ve heard negative stories from friends or websites about the side effects of teeth whitening. You’re not sure if you want to take any risks for a whiter smile. But whether you’re scared to whiten your teeth or you believe that teeth whitening is crucial for your success, you can find the truth below.

We’ll debunk the common myths about teeth whitening so you won’t feel afraid or worried. We’ll also tell you all the facts and benefits you need to know to make the best decision for you and your smile.

8 Common Myths About Teeth Whitening

  1. All whitening products give the same results. You can choose from a vast array of teeth whitening products. However, this does not mean that they all work just as effectively. Different products contain different levels and concentrations of cleaning agents. If you whiten at home, your smile won’t look as white as someone who went to the dentist.
  2. Anyone can whiten their teeth. Whitening is not appropriate for everyone. People who cannot whiten their teeth include:
  • Adolescents 16 and younger
  • Pregnant or lactating women
  • Individuals with highly sensitive teeth
  • Anyone with peroxide allergies
  • Persons with exposed roots, gum disease, untreated cavities, and worn enamel
  1. Whitening causes pain. Lots of Pain. Modern technology makes teeth whitening completely painless and safe. Your dentist uses a unique gel to protect your gums from the cleaning agents found in whitening gel. You may experience temporary sensitivity or discomfort after the procedure.
  2. Whitening damages tooth enamel. Whitening will not harm or damage your tooth enamel. In fact, the American Dental Association conducted a study and determined that teeth whitening does not damage the tooth enamel.
  3. Whitening gives you a “Hollywood smile.” If you want your smile to look as white as your favorite Hollywood star, you might feel disappointed after you whiten your teeth. Teeth are not naturally white. Teeth are usually a shade of brown, gray, or yellow. Normal whitening just removes any stains on your teeth and makes them look naturally healthy. It only brightens them past the natural shade if you want it to.
  4. Whitening gives you oral cancer. People affiliate chemicals with cancer. Since whitening agents contain chemicals, people mistakenly think that teeth whitening causes oral cancer. Dentists regularly study, analyze, and test whitening products. These tests prove that the chemicals in whitening agents do not cause oral cancer.
  5. Whitening is permanent. Teeth whitening is not permanent. Many foods and drink such as marinara sauce, coffee, and Coke stain your teeth over time. Visit your dentist regularly to keep your smile as white as possible.
  6. Whitening makes your teeth sensitive. Some people believe that their teeth will feel permanently sensitive once their teeth are whitened. However, your teeth will be sensitive one to two days after whitening, but they won’t remain sensitive forever. Your dentist will even prescribe you a gel to reduce sensitivity if needed.

Facts About Teeth Whitening

Professional Whitening

If you want immediate results, visit your dentist for a professional zoom whitening treatment. The entire process takes roughly an hour, so you don’t have to wait long for amazing results. In-office, your dentist applies a protective gel to your gums. Afterward, he or she spreads another specialized, light-activated gel on your teeth. He or she then uses a specially designed light to activate the whitening gel.

If you want a more cost-effective method, ask your dentist about tray whitening to enhance your smile. Your dentist will take a mold of your teeth to create a custom tray for you. Your dentist will then instruct you on proper use and tell you how long to use your whitening trays.

At-home treatments are also incredibly affordable, so you can whiten on a regular basis without spending a lot of money. On the other hand, in-office whitening is incredibly fast and safe for eligible patients. But that doesn’t mean in-office treatment costs a fortune. A professional whitening is also more affordable than you think.

Don’t rely on myths and rumors to make an informed decision. Remember the facts about and benefits of teeth whitening when you decide to brighten your smile.

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Schererville, IN 46375
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