Common Teeth Whitening Myths Debunked

Common Teeth Whitening Myths Debunked

Even the most radiant white dress can’t make you shine if the yellow-tone of your teeth comes in the way. Discolored and stained teeth make your entire personality fade out. Don’t let yellow teeth kill the sparkle of your smile. The solution we propose is professional teeth whitening.

As per the National Consumer Survey (NHCS), 40.5 million US citizens got their teeth professionally whitened in 2018.

Here are a few myths you need to leave behind this year:

Myth: Teeth whitening is not suitable for sensitive teeth:

If you let out a shriek of pain every time something cold or hot hits your teeth, chances are your dentin has lost its protective covering. Since teeth whitening agents consist of bleaching gels like Hydrogen peroxide, people with sensitive teeth think twice before getting it done. In such a case, your dentist will carry out an in-depth consultation prior to the treatment. If your teeth are sensitive, they apply desensitizing gels before the whitening process and use less-concentrated formulae.

To be extra careful, they also make you wear a specific mouth guard to avoid any damage. In extreme cases, dentists first address the dental issue and then carry out the whitening process.

Myth: It’s easier to whiten your teeth yourself at home

While it’s true that a wide array of over-the-counter DIY whitening kits is available, the results are not the same. Drugstore whitening kits only temporarily remove any discoloration. DIY products like the baking soda cause more harm to the tooth enamel than they’re worth. Baking soda puts you at a risk of increased tooth sensitivity and eventually cavities.

On the flip side, an in-office treatment carried out by a professional dentist reaches deeper layers of your enamel and lasts longer. Also, the dentist takes your overall oral health into consideration before performing the treatment.

Myth: Whitening gels are harmful for teeth

Almost all teeth whitening gels contain fluoride which is immensely beneficial for the teeth. Dentists also use certain protection to stop excessive bleach from reaching the gums. Taking your concerns into account, they also keep the bleach concentration controlled. The mouth guard used is custom-made for the size of your mouth and gums. This further ensures that no extra part of your mouth gets bleached.

Your teeth are meant to sparkle! At Bethesda Dental Health, we make your teeth shine 8 shades brighter. We are a family clinic and provide all sorts of dental services in Bethesda, MD. You can either book an appointment online or by calling at (301)6541887.


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