Teeth Whitening is a quick, inexpensive and easy way to improve the look of your smile, so it’s a wonder that a lot more people aren’t giving it a try. The reason whitening isn’t as popular as it should be is mainly due to the myths associated with it – so we’re going to break down the top 6 myths associated with teeth whitening, and hopefully dispel any apprehension you may have about this awesome treatment!
1. Teeth Whitening makes your teeth sensitive:
A little bit of sensitivity following a whitening is normal, and this can be relieved quite easily with products you can find at a pharmacy. There are also certain whitening products that minimize sensitivity following the treatment, and these usually contain carbamide peroxide or ACP (amorphous calcium phosphate). If you would prefer no sensitivity or side effects, at OptiSmile we use NATURAL+ in chair whitening which is completely safe and painless – and guaranteed whiter teeth in an hour or less!
2. Teeth Whitening Damages the Enamel
When the treatment is performed by a dental professional, there is no risk to your tooth enamel. Many studies have proven that teeth whitening is a safe procedure with little risk, least of all to the enamel. The NATURAL+ in chair teeth whitening product that we use for our patients includes the addition of of Dead Sea minerals, enriched with calcium and fluoride at optimal levels. This reinforces the dentine and enamel, prevents tooth decay and reduces teeth sensitivity.
3. Whitened Teeth look Unnatural
Teeth whitening is a progressive treatment, so it lightens your teeth by a few shades each time you go. Results are stunning, but definitely not unnatural. In fact, if you feel that your teeth are getting “too white”, you can stop the treatments. It’s all about your goals and comfort level.
4. Whitened Teeth Stay White
Unfortunately, whitened teeth will continue to stain over time. Tea, coffee, wine and smoking stains teeth whether they have been whitened or not so we recommend cutting down in order to maintain your results. You can also whiten your teeth every few months to refresh and brighten your smile.
5. Fruit removes stains.
Many people believe that rubbing fruits such as bananas, lemons and strawberries on their teeth will brighten their smiles. The reality is that fruits will do more harm than good, and will cause a number of problems when rubbed on teeth regularly. Fruit acids and sugars will corrode and damage your teeth, making them sensitive and susceptible to cavities.
6. Active Charcoal Whitens Teeth
This is the latest natural, home whitening technique to hit Instagram, and while it seems to be a great alternative to chemically whitening your teeth, there is not enough scientific data to prove it works. The products we use at OptiSmile are scientifically proven to whiten teeth by a number of shades per treatment, and are completely safe to use with no long lasting side effects. We firmly believe that our treatments are the best and safest whitening treatments available – they’re safe, efficient and yield excellent results.
For optimal teeth whitening, teaming up with us is the best way to get the results you want. We understand oral health and can put together personalised recommendations that allow you to get the best results in a time frame that works for you. We’ll also help you understand how the whitening process works, monitor your progress, and treat any sensitivity issues that may very rarely arise.
For more information submit an enquiry, or contact our practice today.