The Truth About Teeth Whitening

by Dr. Christiana Onisiforou – Prosthodontist

Most people dream of having a white, bright Hollywood smile which can easily be done today with teeth whitening. However, there are several myths and misconceptions surrounding this cosmetic dental procedure.

In this blog, we’ll dismantle prevalent teeth whitening myths, addressing concerns about safety, effectiveness, and potential damage to tooth enamel, to give you all the facts you need on your journey to a whiter smile.

Myth 1: Teeth Whitening is Unsafe

There is a common myth online that teeth whitening treatments hurt your teeth by removing the enamel. This is not true. While some extremely abrasive store-bought whitening toothpastes can be harmful to your teeth, anything recommended or used by your dentist is designed to be safe and healthy.

Myth 2: At Home Whitening Treatments are Just as Effective

It is true that teeth whitening products you can buy in- store have come a long way. Many of them will help to remove some surface staining, making your teeth look a little whiter. However, the levels of active ingredients in store- bought kits are notoriously low for safety reasons. This means they can never achieve the same results as treatments prescribed or administered by an experienced cosmetic dentist.

Myth 3: It Takes a Long Time to Whiten your Teeth

Teeth whitening is extremely quick and simple and can be completed in just one hour in the dentist chair. You can sit back and relax while the light does all the work, all while being supervised by your qualified dentist. At the end of the hour, you will instantly see results, and you can also do more sessions depending on how white you would like them!

Myth 4: Teeth Whitening causes Irreversible Sensitivity

Some individuals fear that teeth whitening will make their teeth permanently sensitive. While it’s true that temporary sensitivity is a common side effect, it is not irreversible. At our dental clinic we take precautions to minimize sensitivity during the whitening process, and any discomfort usually subsides within a few days after treatment.

Myth 5: Teeth Whitening Results are Permanent

Unfortunately, teeth whitening is not a permanent solution. The results can last for several months to a couple of years, depending on lifestyle habits, oral hygiene practices, and diet. Regular consumption of staining substances like coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco can accelerate the re-staining process. Maintenance, including good oral hygiene practices and occasional touch-ups, is essential to prolong the effects of teeth whitening.

In conclusion, separating fact from fiction in teeth whitening is critical to making informed choices and achieving a whiter, brighter smile. By debunking the top five myths, we hope to have provided you with a clearer understanding of teeth whitening and its potential benefits. Consulting a dental professional is the best approach to ensure safe, effective, and personalized treatment. Now get ready to smile with confidence!

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