People often clamour for brighter, healthier teeth. We are keen on caring for our pearly whites, and we trust that teeth whitening treatments are the secret to a radiant smile. Recent claims about teeth whitening, however, have surfaced on the Internet and confused many patients.
Dental practices warn against believing in such claims. These are five teeth-whitening myths that dentists would like to debunk:
‘Activated charcoal is a safe and effective teeth whitening ingredient.’
The beauty industry has seen a rise in charcoal facial products, but dentists suggest that although they may be effective on your skin, they should not go onto your teeth. Despite numerous reviews from bloggers all over the world, there is no proven clinical evidence that charcoal is safe for whitening your teeth. In fact, dental professionals are concerned about charcoal’s abrasiveness on your teeth and gums. Charcoal may scratch the surface of your teeth and cause permanent damage to your enamel.
‘Teeth whitening will not work on me because my teeth are of different shades.’
All your teeth will have a unique colour because of the varying thickness and translucency of their enamel or internal composition. Teeth whitening treatments will help remove discolouration from the enamel and internal dentine, giving you greater uniformity in colour.
‘Whitening is bad for your teeth.’
Teeth whitening is one of the safest and least invasive treatments in the market that improve the quality of your smile. The only way dentists may guarantee this is if you approach professionals rather than buying just about anything advertised on the television or the Internet. Over the counter products or unprescribed whitening treatments may only do more harm than good to your teeth.
‘If you want white teeth, you have to stop drinking coffee and tea.’
Although coffee and tea are two of the most common culprits for teeth stains, this does not mean you have to give them up to maintain white teeth. Regular consumption of coffee or tea leaves a yellowish tint on the external layer of tooth enamel, but regular visits to the dentist can dissolve stubborn stains. Maintaining excellent dental hygiene at home is also key in keeping your teeth white despite your love for caffeine.
‘If you have sensitive teeth, you cannot get teeth-whitening treatments.’
The minor sensitivity that you might experience during a whitening treatment is your teeth’s normal temporary reaction to fluctuating temperatures rather than to the whitening solution itself. The sensitivity often disappears after a while after the treatment. If it persists, consult with your dentist to determine the cause and appropriate remedy. It is highly possible that overly sensitive teeth are a symptom of another underlying oral health condition so make sure to disclose any discomfort to your dental practitioner.
You can find many answers to your questions on the Internet, but virtual spaces are also highly vulnerable to false information. If you are curious about teeth whitening, it is always best to talk to a professional.
The Priory Dental Practice is a reputable practice in Walsall that offers a wide range of dental services, from Invisalign braces to porcelain veneers. Teeth whitening is one of our most popular services. Contact us or visit our website to ensure you get the treatment you need.