Each and every year, more and more patients visit their dentists for professional teeth whitening. The procedures and products used to achieve a whiter, brighter smile continue to improve, as well. Unfortunately, there are numerous myths surrounding these procedures, and it is important to understand what is true and what is not. Here are some things to keep in mind if you are thinking about professional teeth whitening.
Myth: At-Home Whitening Works the Same as Professional Teeth Whitening
One of the most common misconceptions surrounding professional teeth whitening services is the idea that at-home preparations and over-the-counter treatments work just as well as in-office whitening procedures. This simply is not the case. Baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice, and other treatments can help make your teeth whiter, but they typically have their limits and produce less-than-spectacular results.
Fact: Professional teeth whitening is safe and effective, and it is faster and more effective than at-home treatments.
Myth: You Only Have to Whiten Once
Many people believe they only have to whiten their teeth one time to enjoy permanent results. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Whitening your teeth is much like bleaching your clothing; it can remove the stains, but if you are not careful, those same stains can appear again. Your lifestyle will ultimately determine how long your results last, and things like drinking coffee or smoking will have a tremendous impact.
Fact: Even with professional teeth whitening, you will likely need to have touch-up treatments from time to time, even if you avoid smoking, coffee, and other potentially-staining foods or beverages.
Myth: The Stronger the Product, the Better
You can find whitening products in different styles and strengths, and this is even true when it comes to professional teeth whitening products found in your dentist’s office. Though many people believe that the stronger (and in some cases, more expensive) the treatment product is, the better it will work, and the longer the results will last. This is simply not true.
Fact: Stronger products may work faster, but they do not provide results above and beyond other products. In fact, they may cause pain and sensitivity that is not necessary. Professional teeth whitening is based on your unique needs and past experience with whitening, and it is tailored to your needs.
Myth: There Is No Way to Prevent Sensitivity During and After the Whitening Process
Sensitivity is by far the most common side effect of both at-home and professional teeth whitening, and many people believe they just have to “deal with it” and wait for it to go away on its own. This is simply not the case. Look for toothpastes that contain an ingredient called potassium nitrate, which can help calm irritated nerves and reduce sensitivity.
Fact: Using toothpaste with potassium nitrate before, during, and after your whitening sessions will undoubtedly help ease sensitivity and the pain it causes.
If you have any questions about at-home or professional teeth whitening services, contact Summit Heights Dental today for information. We have many fantastic teeth whitening reviews from our patients, and we can help you make the best decisions about how to whiten your teeth and create a care plan designed just for you.