There is a lot of information out there about teeth whitening, both good and bad. It is important that you don’t limit yourself to one option, or forego whitening treatments for fear of common misconceptions. Here are some common falsehoods that should not keep you from improving your smile according to Pasadena teeth whitening dentist, Dr. Sona Asatryan.
Teeth Whitening Myths & Facts
Myth #1: Whitening destroys your teeth.
Fact: Researchers found that professional whitening gel is safe when used properly, and does not weaken your teeth. Colored foods and drinks like wine and coffee, as well as tobacco products tend to penetrate the porous enamel and dentin tooth material, resulting in deep stains that cannot be removed by daily brushing. The chemical composition of whitening gel allows it to penetrate these pores and release oxygen that helps loosen stains from the dentin tubules, resulting in whiter, sparkling teeth.
Myth #2: Teeth Whitening is painful.
Fact: Unless your tooth enamel is damaged and you are already sensitive to cold and hot foods and drinks, it is highly unlikely that bleaching or any other whitening procedure will aggravate your sensitivity. That said, there are lower strength whitening treatments that can be recommended to people with worn/eroded enamel or tooth sensitivity. They can also be used less frequently to reduce sensitivity.
In addition, your dentist can recommend a desensitizing gel after the whitening procedure. Also, there are many different whitening options for different teeth requirements, including those with very thin enamel. It is essential that you follow your dentist’s instructions for your specific treatment.
Myth #3: Bleaching is permanent.
Fact: Although teeth whitening leaves your teeth looking impeccably white, they won’t stay like that forever. The amount of time that you can enjoy your sparkling smile depends on multiple factors. If you drink tea, coffee, wine, or use tobacco products, your teeth will stain again sooner, and you will need more subsequent whitening procedures.
Myth #4: People of all ages can bleach.
Fact: Your dentist will determine whether your teeth are healthy enough to have a successful whitening procedure. There are some stains, such as those caused by tooth developmental conditions or medications that cannot be completely removed with whitening. Any dental restorations, including fillings and crowns, also do not respond to bleaching. To create uniformity in your smile, your dentist can recommend several alternative or complementary teeth whitening options.
Keep in mind that lots of research has gone into developing the teeth whitening options available today that help to restore the patina of your teeth without causing any damage. Still, it is important to discuss with your dentist about the best method for whitening your teeth.