Teeth Whitening Myths

Teeth Whitening Myths
Posted on 03/05/2019

Should You Try At-Home Teeth Whitening?

There’s nothing like a white smile to increase your confidence; after all, your smile is often one of the first things others notice about you. Knowing this, it’s no wonder why teeth whitening treatments are so popular. Whether you often try to hide your smile due to yellow teeth, or just want to make things a bit brighter, using an at-home teeth whitening kit may work, but there are some important things to consider when doing so. Let’s take a look at some common myths related to teeth whitening.


Whitening Kits Are High Quality & Effective

While at-home teeth whitening kits are often very affordable, they are low in cost for a reason. At-home teeth whitening kits are not of the same quality as teeth whitening treatment from a dentist. While at-home kits can sometimes provide results, they often do so much more slowly and with a less noticeable effect than a professional treatment, if they even work at all. These kits can also cause pain and sensitivity if the whitening agent is too strong. Whitening agents are classified as a cosmetic and are not regulated by the food and drug administration (FDA).

You Can Correct Yellow Teeth Naturally

Over the years, many “natural” ways to whiten teeth have become trends followed by the masses, including strawberries and lemons, banana peels, turmeric, and—the latest—charcoal. While these methods can remove surface stains on the teeth due to their abrasive nature, the acids will also wear away the enamel on your teeth, and this cannot be undone. Not only is this unsafe, but if too much enamel is gone, it can cause your teeth to appear even more yellow. Stay away from DIY or natural whitening methods, and instead, opt for a professional whitening treatment that is designed to be safe for whitening yellow teeth.

Homemade Whitening Gels Are Safe

Homemade bleaching gels and materials may provide results, but it is never safe to use these, as they have not been designed specifically for teeth whitening and have not been scientifically tested and approved. It is always best to trust your dentist. They will use professional products made for the safe correction of discolored teeth.

Professional Teeth Bleaching & Teeth Whitening

So, what exactly does a professional treatment entail? While treatments will vary based on the provider and the patient’s needs, you can expect the following during your professional whitening procedure:

Your dentist will apply a protective gel or rubber tray to your gums to protect them from bleach damage. Then, a professional bleaching solution will be applied to your teeth in the form of a tray which fits into your mouth. Your treatment may take only one visit, or you may return over the course of a few weeks to achieve your desired result. This all depends on the strength of the bleaching solution, and how fast you want to whiten your teeth. Your dentist will work with you to create a customized treatment plan, taking in these factors.

Your dentist may also provide the option of an out-of-office treatment, and will provide you with customized bleaching trays to be used at home. This will whiten your teeth at a slower pace, but you will have the convenience of getting a professional treatment on your own time.

Additionally, some dentists may provide the option of laser teeth whitening. This involves a blue light that can speed up the whitening process for same-day results.

Contact Your San Antonio Orthodontic Team Today!

After your braces have been removed, we recommend getting a professional cleaning at your general dentist’s office before attempting any sort of whitening treatment. This will ensure all outer stains, plaque, or tartar is removed before the whitening process. Sometimes, whitening may cause tooth sensitivity, so if you know you are prone to sensitive teeth, you can try using a desensitizing toothpaste for at least one month before beginning any whitening. Our team at Dr. Roy Gonzalez would be happy to give a referral for a general dentist should you decide to pursue a whiter smile! Ask during any normal orthodontic checkup or procedure to learn more. Contact us today with any questions you might have!

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