Common Teeth Whitening Myths

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There are many wrongly held beliefs surrounding teeth whitening.

Teeth whitening is an aesthetic procedure that can help you achieve a brighter, more beautiful smile. For many people, teeth whitening is a solution to anxiety and low confidence. However, there is a ton of misinformation about whitening teeth out there, especially on the web. Here are just a few of the most common misconceptions.

You Can Whiten Your Teeth Using Baking Soda – Not only does baking soda not actually whiten your teeth, but it can disrupt the ratio of good to bad bacteria in your mouth.

Tooth Whitening Harms Enamel – It’s wrongly believed by many that teeth whitening chemically “melts” or laser-zaps off the outer layer of your enamel. This is not true. The bleaching agent used to whiten teeth opens the pores of the teeth to get into the inner structure and clean it of stains, but these pores will close again with time.

Once Whitened, Teeth Stay White Forever – Whitening your teeth is like getting your hair dyed, it still requires maintenance. A professional tooth whitening may last about two years before it shows signs of fading. Avoid heavy staining beverages like coffee and wine for a longer lasting whitening.

Teeth Whitening Looks Blindingly Fake – If you’re looking at a beautiful model in a magazine and think her teeth look fake, it’s probably because they are. A lot of media and television stars have had their teeth photoshopped to look whiter than they really are. Rest assured that even if you get the maximum whiteness from a professional teeth whitening procedure, your teeth will still look natural.

The Teeth Whitening Laser is Dangerous – What you’re referring to as a laser is actually just a UV/LED light that helps the bleaching product to activate and penetrate the teeth. That’s why you can see results much faster at the dentist’s office than using at home bleaching kits.

Crowns and Veneers Can Be Whitened – Unfortunately the whitening agents used to whiten teeth only work on natural teeth. This is why it’s a good idea to whiten your teeth before you get a crown. Some dentists will also ask patients if they would like to opt for a slightly whiter crown than the color of their teeth, just in case they plan to whiten their teeth in the future. If you need whiter crowns, you will have to replace them.

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