4 Myths About Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is more popular than ever, but many people still shy away from the procedure because they believe one or more myths that surround it. Let's take a look at these myths to separate the facts from the fiction.

1. Myth: Teeth Whitening Damages Enamel

Professional teeth whitening is safe. The procedure works by using bleaching agents to lift and remove stains from the dental enamel. Whitening does not strip away the enamel or weaken it.

2. Myth: Home Whitening Kits Are as Effective as the Dentist

Home whitening kits are safe and effective, but in general, the results they give are not as dramatic as the ones you can get from a professional whitening session. The maximum legal concentration of bleaching agent in a home whitening kit is lower than the concentration that dentists are allowed to use on your teeth. This regulation helps to keep kits safe for home use, but also means that their whitening effect is not quite as impressive.

3. Myth: Whitening Toothpaste is All You Need

Whitening toothpaste can do a fantastic job of preventing stains from building up on teeth. To keep your teeth white after a whitening treatment, choose a whitening toothpaste from one of the major brands and use it twice a day. The toothpaste you choose should also contain fluoride to keep your teeth healthy.

However, whitening toothpaste is not particularly effective at removing stains that are already established. Even worse, some whitening toothpastes, particularly those from "natural" brands, contain abrasive materials, which can damage enamel if used regularly. Always use a toothpaste that carries the logo of the Australian Dental Association so you can be sure that it is safe and effective at preventing decay.

4. Myth: People With Sensitive Teeth Can't Have Whitening

You can still have whitening treatments if you suffer from sensitive teeth. Let your dentist know that you have sensitivity so they can limit the contact of bleaching agents with your teeth and gums to an appropriate level for you. They can even use a desensitising varnish to protect your teeth as much as possible.

Teeth whitening can sometimes cause sensitivity for a day or two, even in people who do not usually suffer from sensitive teeth. You can prevent this effect by using a sensitivity relief toothpaste before and after your treatment. The sensitivity should quickly go away so you can enjoy showing off your new white smile.

For more information about teeth whitening, contact a local dental office.