Very few areas of cosmetic dentistry is as misunderstood as teeth bleaching. Here are the top five teeth bleaching myths out there at the moment. How many have you heard?
Myth #5. The Terms ‘Whitening’ And ‘Bleaching’ Are Interchangeable
Many people believe than whitening and bleaching are the same thing. They aren’t. Confusingly, many over-the-counter whitening products contain bleaching agents such as peroxide, while many bleaching procedures promise to ‘whiten’ your teeth. The truth is that whitening procedures will lighten your teeth to their natural brightness white bleaching will make your teeth lighter than their natural color.
Myth #4. Over-the-counter (OTC) Peroxide Kits Can Bleach Teeth
Peroxide is a legitimate bleaching chemical. It can brighten stained teeth when administered at safe levels by a qualified dentist. Manufacturers of OTC whitening kits attempt to cash in on this fact by claiming that their products can bleach your teeth. They can’t. At best, they release less the 0.1 percent peroxide and do nothing to alter the color of your teeth. At worst, they may contain abrasives that remove the top layer of your teeth enamel. How do companies get away with this? Legally they can put anything on the box as it is considered an advertisement. Be careful.
Myth #3. Whitening Toothpastes Can Brighten Your Teeth
Despite claims to the contrary, there is a huge difference between removing stains and actually changing the natural color of your teeth. Whitening toothpastes are incapable of changing or altering the natural color of your teeth. They can only bring your teeth back to their natural color by removing stains from, say, coffee or tobacco. Many whitening toothpastes, such as smoker’s toothpastes, are abrasive and unsuitable for longer-term use. Don’t expect ‘bleach-white’ teeth from whitening toothpastes.
Myth #2. Home Whitening Systems Are Cheaper Than Professional Bleaching
Many people try home whitening systems believing them to be cheaper than bleaching by a professional dentist. This isn’t true and home kits will never produce results comparable with professional bleaching. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has good advice for finding reduced-cost dental care including visiting a dental school. Many U.S. citizens even travel abroad to destinations such as Mexico where dental care is priced more competitively.
Myth #1. Teeth Bleaching Is Permanent
No tooth bleaching method is permanent. Every time you drink or smoke, you are contributing to further discoloration. Depending on your habits, bleaching could last up to three years but in general, all methods require top-ups to maintain the color. You can keep your teeth white by using dental trays every six months. According to one leading midtown Toronto dental clinic results are better when done over a longer period of time.
If you have ever wondered, ‘Where can I get cheap dental care?’, the best advice is to ask friends and colleague for recommendations. As with all dental procedures, always check credentials of the dentists and go for a thorough consultation. A reputable dentist will have no qualms of sharing their portfolio with you. As a consumer, you have to be especially aware of visiting an unlicensed dentist. They may use an unapproved and dangerous bleaching technique that will potentially damage the enamel of your teeth. Be smart and do your homework.
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