Myths and Facts About Teeth Whitening

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Myths and Facts About Teeth Whitening

If a bright white smile is one of the first things people notice about you, they might also notice if that smile isn’t quite so white. Millions of Americans, including people here in Boise, visit their dentist or purchase over-the-counter whitening products to try and get a beautifully white smile.  Unfortunately there is also a lot of misinformation out there about teeth whitening. Before you purchase a product that promises five shades whiter in a couple of hours, or pay for treatments that may or may not work, check out these myths and facts about teeth whitening in Boise.

Myth: There are plenty of at-home remedies to whiten teeth

Fact: Brushing with baking soda, using the acids in lemons or strawberries, rinsing with hydrogen peroxide, and other at-home remedies usually don’t work the way that you want them to, and in some cases could even be harmful to your teeth. For example, baking soda can disrupt the balance of good and bad bacteria in your mouth, and the acid in lemons could eat away at tooth enamel that is essential for dental health. In addition, whitening toothpaste and gum are usually not strong enough to make much of a difference. The best option is to talk to your Boise dentist about the whitening products (either at-home or in the dentist’s office) available. 

Myth: The strongest whitening products are always best

Fact: Whitening gels and products come in varying strengths, and while it may seem logical that if a mild whitening gel works pretty well, a strong one should work better and the strongest one should work the best, that’s not always the case. Products with more concentrated whitening power might perform the job more quickly, but could also cause unnecessary pain and sensitivity during the process.

Myth: Do-it-yourself and professional treatments are all the same

Fact: Different whitening products have different levels of active peroxides (carbamide and hydrogen); since those ingredients are what activate the whitening, and everyone’s mouth is a little different, it’s important to get them in the right amounts for maximum effect. Do-it-yourself products that you buy at the store are standardized and therefore might not really be the best for you. In many cases your Boise dentist will have options to whiten teeth at home, or if you do it in the office, it can usually be done in a lunch hour so you can quickly be on your way.

Myth: Teeth whitening is a one-time deal

Fact: Your everyday activities often play a significant role in how white your teeth stay, so if you had habits that caused your teeth to get stained or dirty—such as drinking coffee or smoking—and you continue those habits, you will likely need to get teeth whitening again in the future. As teeth age they naturally lose some of their white color as well, so even if you have relatively healthy habits, touch-ups might be necessary.

To find out more about how to get the best teeth whitening in Boise, contact Caring Smiles Dental Clinic today.