Fact Or Fiction? 4 Myths About Teeth Whitening

August 14, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — budadental @ 4:01 pm
Closeup of a smile with a line down the center demonstrating normal teeth and whitened teeth

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic fix that can help you restore confidence in your smile! Not all whitening solutions are created equally, though. With so many options available, it’s hard to know which treatments are safe and what actually works. Keep reading to learn four common myths about teeth whitening and what the facts are!

Myth #1- Teeth Whitening Deteriorates Enamel

This myth can actually be true, in regard to commercial products. Typically, whitening products contain peroxide which is a bleaching agent that can minimize the mineral content in the enamel. Over time, this can even lead to tooth sensitivity. Instead, you might opt for a professional whitening service with your dentist. They will first assess the condition of your teeth before deciding on an appropriate treatment, so there won’t be long-lasting damage. Not only that, but your dentist has access to materials that are more concentrated and effective than over-the-counter brands.

Myth #2- All Teeth Can Be Whitened

Unfortunately, it is not true that all teeth can be whitened. There are generally two types of discoloration, which are:

  1. Extrinsic stains occur due to consumption of foods and beverages like coffee or dark fruits, and lifestyle behaviors like tobacco use.
  2. Intrinsic stains result from internal tooth coloration impacted by aging, genetic disorders, or certain prescription drugs like antibiotics.

Typically, extrinsic stains can be whitened with treatment. If you want to address discoloration from intrinsic stains, you’d need to opt for a cosmetic treatment like veneers.

Myth #3- Teeth Whitening Lasts Forever

If only this were true! We continue to use our teeth daily after whitening, which means they are perpetually exposed to foods and beverages that can lead to a less-than-pearly hue. You can, however, maintain a brighter smile with regular whitening treatments. To avoid causing damage from frequent at-home solutions, consider regular appointments with your dentist! They can provide professional cleanings that will safely remove unwanted bacteria growth that can lead to decay and discoloration, as well as whitening services.

Myth #4- You Can Whiten Teeth At Home

There are plenty of suggested “natural” remedies to whiten your teeth at home including using fruits like strawberries, banana peels, or lemon to produce a whitening effect. Unfortunately, most fruits have high citric content and are therefore quite acidic. Acidic ingredients can wear down the protective enamel of your teeth and eventually lead to decay.

There also are many over-the-counter whitening products that include toothpastes, gels, and mouthwashes. While these are generally made with a pH balance that is safe for teeth, continued over-use can also result in deterioration. If you want to be sure that you are whitening your teeth safely, your best bet is to call your dentist!

While you certainly can achieve a whitening effect by using commercially available toothpastes or other products, you might damage your teeth if you over-use them. If you want to achieve long-lasting results, you should plan to maintain regular visits with your dentist. Whatever condition your teeth may be in, they have the unique experience and knowledge needed to help you achieve a bright white smile that lasts!

About the Practice

At Buda Dental Professionals, patients receive expanded dental services all under one roof in an effort to minimize referrals. That means they provide expertise in all areas of oral healthcare ranging from standard checkups to cosmetic and restorative services, and even can address dental emergencies. If you are interested in scheduling professional whitening, feel free to contact the office on the website or by calling (512) 295-5555.

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