Are you thinking of trying a teeth whitening treatment? There are so many myths circulating the internet today it’s difficult to know what’s right and what isn’t. The following are some common misconceptions for teeth whitening that you should avoid.
1. White teeth are healthy
People often make the mistake of assuming that white teeth are healthy teeth. Teeth can be discolored and healthy. Color is often just a cosmetic issue rather than an oral health issue. It is important to note that several DIY whitening methods result in damage to the teeth due to exposure to harsh chemicals. You may end up with white teeth that aren’t exactly healthy.
2. Over-the-counter whitening products are equivalent to professional whitening products
Professional products are often stronger and more effective than whitening products you buy over the counter. Professional products should only be applied by a qualified professional in a dental practice to avoid damaging the teeth. These professional products include laser-activated whitening gels.
3. Teeth whitening can work on all teeth
Both professional and over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments aren’t practical for all cases. There are instances when other treatments are required. You may need to look into dental caps and porcelain veneers. While the dental cap cost is higher a regular teeth whitening treatment, the results will last longer.
4. Whitening toothpaste can do the job
You won’t see any significant changes in the shade of your teeth with a whitening treatment. Whitening products need to be in contact with your teeth for at least 20 minutes to result in brightening. That isn’t practical when it comes to brushing your teeth daily.
If you want to know the truth about teeth whitening, consult your dentist. They will provide you with safe options for brightening your smile up.