Three myths about teeth whitening

By Ashley Harrison, DDS
December 10, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Unhappy with the way your teeth look? Teeth whitening can help improve your smile and bolster your self-confidence. Ashley Harrison, DDS, your dentist in Chico, CA, discusses three common myths about this popular treatment.

There's no difference between professional whitening and drugstore productsTeeth Whitening

You'll find no shortage of whitening products at your local drugstore. Strips, gels and toothpastes all claim to brighten your smile and change your life. While you will probably notice some difference, you won't experience the same results you'll see with dentist-supervised whitening. The products your dentist uses contain stronger ingredients that can lighten teeth as much as eight shades in just one in-office session. Over-the-counter products may lighten teeth for a few weeks up to a few months, while the results of professional teeth whitening can last one to three years.

In some cases, drugstore whitening products can even make your teeth more prone to discoloration. Abrasive whitening toothpastes can wear away enamel, exposing the duller colored dentin underneath. Although a whitening toothpaste sounds like a nice, easy solution, using one can actually make your teeth look worse in the long run.

The stronger the better

It might seem to make sense that the strongest product is the best one, but that's not true when it comes to teeth whitening. If a product is too strong, it can irritate your gums and roots, causing considerable pain. Your dentist chooses a whitening agent that's strong enough to whiten teeth without irritating your mouth.

You can eat and drink whatever you want after whitening

Teeth whitening removes stains caused by wine, coffee, tea, tomato sauce, berries and other foods and beverages. Your newly whitened teeth will stay whiter longer if you avoid or limit these foods and drinks and stop smoking.

Interested in learning how teeth whitening can transform your smile? Call Ashley Harrison, DDS, your Chico, CA, dentist, at (530) 894-5454 and make an appointment today. A brighter smile awaits you!