By z4028582430, Nov 30 2017 10:05AM
Yeah yeah, it’s all been done before – countless times – but never by us, your trusted teeth whitening specialists. So, without further ado, let’s separate myth from fact when it comes to the increasingly popular – but oft-controversial – practice:
Over-the-counter toothpastes and strips are just as good as an in-clinic treatment
Wrong! Whilst these things do contain whitening chemicals, they are far too weak to have the same effect as the procedure carried out by a professional. You should notice the results from an in-clinic treatment immediately, unlike the at-home methods which can take a long time. As Dental Advisor at Oral Health Foundation, Karen Coates, warns, buying kits over the internet is not safe. “Most contain at least 30 higher concentration of peroxide than the legal limit and can cause irreparable damage to the teeth and gums”, she says.
What about rubbing fruit on your teeth?
Ah, yes. These claims like to pop up every now and again, but there’s actually nothing concrete to suggest that rubbing various fruits on your teeth will help whiten them – in fact, the acid contained in them can actually be damaging.
Ditto the above. There is simply just not enough scientific basis at the moment to back this up.
It damages the enamel on your teeth
Wrong again – especially when conducted by a professional! It works by opening the pores of your teeth – temporarily - and allowing a cleaning agent to work inside the inner structure. Countless studies have proven that the enamel remains completely intact during a teeth whitening procedure – but again, only when carried out by a professional.
When carried out by a professional, teeth whitening should not hurt at all, although a slight feeling of temporary sensitivity is not uncommon.
Teeth whitening will make your teeth completely white
The clue is in the name, really. The procedure will whiten your teeth progressively by removing stains and discoloration, but there is a finite shade they will reach – that of their natural colour.
Crowns and bridges cannot be whitened
Crowns and bridges often whiten but will only lift to the colour they were when colour matched by the dentist.
It lasts forever
Nothing lasts forever – you should know that by now! In reality, the effects from professional teeth whitening can last for up to two years, but it will begin to deteriorate after two to three months. It also cannot protect against future staining, so unless you’re willing to give up your morning coffee or evening glass of wine … !
You have to have it done at the dentist
This may have been true in the past, but certain clinics (such as ours!) – as long as they are licensed to do so – can carry out the procedure safely and effectively.
So, what are you waiting for?