Teeth whitening has become one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments to improve one's smile's aesthetics by brightening up their smile. Various possible choices are available to remove teeth discoloration and enhance the color of the teeth, from professional whitening treatment in a dentist's office to at-home whitening products and do-it-yourself kits. Whichever method you choose, it's crucial to get the facts about each process ahead of time. The next time you plan to whiten your teeth, check out these facts and debunked myths.
The whitening gel used by dentists at dental offices is usually stronger than the gel available in an at-home whitening kit, thus resulting in increased whitening effectiveness. Besides, as powerful gels can lead to gum irritation and tooth sensitivity, it is advised to do the procedure under the guidance of an experienced cosmetic dentist.
Poor oral hygiene, genetics, certain medications, etc., can cause teeth discoloration in children. However, dentists advise delaying tooth whitening in children as it can negatively impact the child's developing teeth.
As per the American Dental Association, it is not possible to whiten synthetic teeth. The only way to address the discoloration of synthetic teeth is to have them replaced. If you consider getting implants or veneers and have teeth discoloration, get your teeth whitened first before proceeding with tooth restoration.
Professional teeth whitening procedures don't have to cost a fortune. At-home teeth whitening procedures are affordable. Effective professional whitening treatments are also available without burning a hole in the pocket.
Many people assume that teeth whitening dissolves the stained part of the tooth enamel. But this is not true. During professional teeth whitening, the peroxide enters the tooth enamel, dissolving the stains.
Many people often swish coconut oil around in their mouth as a part of a holistic health approach known as "oil pulling" to remove their teeth's discoloration. However, despite the hype, there is no scientific evidence to support the claim that coconut oil helps teeth whitening.
Many people consider hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to whiten their teeth at home. However, they are not safe. While baking soda disturbs the balance of good to harmful bacteria in the mouth, causing various oral health problems, hydrogen peroxide causes tissue damage by creating free radicals.
After undergoing a professional teeth whitening treatment, its effect will last for up to a year without requiring a touch-up. If you take care of your teeth by following proper oral hygiene practices at home and avoid colored foods and drinks, the results can last a little longer. However, no tooth whitening treatments are permanent.
As prevention is always better than treatment, prevent tooth discoloration by following proper oral hygiene practices, reducing the intake of beverages that stain teeth, quitting smoking, and receiving regular dental cleanings.
However, if your teeth are already stained, speak with our experienced cosmetic dentists, who will help you understand whitening treatment options.
Call Rio Rancho Family Dental Care at (505) 891-4510 and schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentist.