Teeth whitening is one of the more popular cosmetic dentistry treatments you can have and can be safe and effective if you make sure to use the proper techniques. If you are considering whitening your teeth, it is important to know about the common misconceptions that surround treatment. Relying on these myths can cause you to damage your teeth or have unattainable expectations. Here are a few myths to be aware of:
Whitening Toothpaste Produces the Same Results as other Whitening Treatments
While there are many types of toothpaste that contain whitening agents, they are not nearly as effective as other whitening treatments. These other treatments include over-the-counter whitening treatments, such as strips and trays that contain gels with varying levels of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, the active whitening ingredient. Of course, the treatments that you receive at your dentist, who uses products with professional strength whitening agents, can yield even better results.
Fruit Can Be Used to Whiten Your Teeth
This adage about using fruit, specifically lemons or strawberries, has a small amount truth to it. The acid that is contained in the fruit can lighten the color of your teeth. However, it does so by eating away at the layers of enamel on your teeth. This eroding of your enamel can cause permanent damage to your teeth and is a harmful side effect of any whitening that may occur.
Teeth Whitening is for Children, Too
It is best to wait until the pulp in the tooth has fully matured, usually in the early teens, so that there will be less sensitivity. Whitening children’s teeth too soon can damage the live tissue inside the teeth and irritate and sensitize gumlines.
Your Veneers and Crowns have to be Whitened
The teeth whitening products that are available in stores and the procedures that you undergo in your dentist’s office will all be effective on natural teeth. However, with veneers and crowns, which are composed of porcelain or some other similar synthetic material, these treatments and procedures will have no effect. The color of the dental prosthetic will remain the same color as when they were first placed in your mouth. If you want them to match the new, whiter color of your teeth, you will have to replace them with new ones that are colored in the appropriate shade.
The Results of Teeth Whitening Lasts Forever
There are numerous teeth whitening products available that can help you whiten your teeth to the shade that you prefer. However, the outcome that you get does lose its effectiveness. If you do not reapply a teeth whitening application, your teeth can gradually turn yellow. This is because as you age, your teeth tend to turn yellow naturally. Maintaining whiter teeth as you age can require the occasional reapplication or touch-up of a teeth whitening product or procedure.
Take care as you consider your teeth whitening options and be aware of the misleading myths that surround the treatment that can cause you to compromise your oral health. Do your research, and always speak to your dentist before starting treatment.