Teeth whitening is something all look forward to in their lifetime at a point – may it be a special occasion or wedding or just wanting brighter teeth. But people have fears about teeth whitening or the expectations with teeth bleaching are different. Right from questions about harming the teeth or enamel to the desired results or cost, puts one in thought about getting it done or not. Here are a few myth busters which give a better understanding about the teeth whitening procedure.
Myth #1: Teeth whitening harms your teeth enamel
Fact: Professional teeth treatments are completely safe & when properly done do not harm the enamel. Teeth whitening is a dental procedure – so one should see a dentist for the same & avoid beauticians or shopping centres, etc to ensure your own safety.
The process of teeth bleaching may cause temporary sensitivity. The dentist can generally advise you different products before or after the treatment as required in your case
Myth #2: Teeth whitening results last forever
Fact: Most teeth-whitening treatments need touch-ups. Professional treatments done in a dentist’s office may last one to three years. It all depends on your teeth, the whitening solution used, and your habits. Smoking and drinking coffee can make teeth discolour more quickly, for instance.
Myth #3: DIY or natural alternatives can remove stains & brighten teeth
Fact: Many people mention teeth whitening techniques they have read on the internet. These are untrue & can be detrimental to the health of your teeth & have the opposite effect. Many fruits are acidic & eat away at the teeth enamel which can then make your teeth more discoloured & increase the risk of decay or cavities. You will need more treatment eventually. Anything gone wrong can cost you more harm than the desired effects.
Myth #4: Professional Tooth Whitening Isn’t Worth the Cost. It’s too expensive.
Fact: While it is true that professional teeth whitening will cost you more than a kit purchased at your local drugstore, there is often a significant difference between the two experiences. In addition, because the procedure is supervised by a dental professional, it is often safer and provides more satisfactory results.
Myth #5: Whitening Toothpaste or OTC teeth whitening products are Effective
Fact: Many companies sell whitening toothpaste, often at a higher price than standard products. The chemicals needed to whiten teeth effectively must be in contact with teeth for an extended period of time. Since most people brush and rinse their teeth in a matter of minutes, any whitening ingredient in the toothpaste simply won’t get enough time to work or give the results you want. Rather overuse can damage your teeth.
Some over-the-counter [OTC] whitening products may be of inferior quality or incorrect usage, can cause damage to your teeth/gums/surrounding structures. That is why working with an experienced cosmetic dentist is often a good idea.
Myth #6: It works the same for everyone
Fact: Whitening treatments don’t work on dentures, veneers, caps, crowns or fillings. Teeth stained grey or blue, often from medications or trauma, might not whiten. But, teeth that are yellowish in colour usually whiten the best. Talk to your dentist about your teeth & the whitening procedure to give you the best results.