Your teeth can turn yellow or brown for a number of reasons. Teeth whitening is a great way to restore your teeth to their prime condition and give you the brighter smile you’ve been wanting. Many people have some misconceptions when it comes to tooth whitening, which can hinder your ability to reach your aesthetic goals for your teeth and may end up causing you more harm than good.
Our cosmetic dentist wants you to know the truth behind the most common myths surrounding teeth whitening including:
1. Everyone Can Whiten His or Her Teeth.
The naturally white tooth enamel coating your teeth thins over time, which reveals the inner yellow layer of your teeth known as dentin. This limits your tooth whitening options. Additionally, some patients have a whitening threshold and may not be able to reach the shade they want. If you have gum disease or damaged teeth, whitening should wait until these issues have been resolved.
2. Whitening Toothpaste or Gum Will Whiten Your Teeth.
Many over-the-counter toothpaste and gum products promise to gradually whiten your teeth. However, this isn’t possible as whitening agents need to be in direct contact with your teeth for at least 20 minutes to have an effect. The whitening agents found in these products are too weak to work as well.
3. You Can Whiten Your Teeth With Baking Soda.
This might be the most popular myth about teeth whitening. While baking soda may be effective at removing surface stains from your teeth (similar to toothpaste), this method will not actually whiten your teeth and repeated use could harm your tooth enamel. Baking soda should not be used as a substitute for toothpaste as it will not prevent cavities or strengthen teeth.
4. Tooth Whitening Harms Your Enamel.
Like we suggested above, there are unconventional methods of attempted tooth whitening that can actually weaken and degrade your tooth enamel. Professional in-office whitening treatments or professional at-home whitening kits will not damage your teeth and offer safe, visible and consistent results.
5. You Can Whiten Porcelain Veneers or Crowns.
No matter how strong the whitening agent is it will only work on natural teeth. If you’re looking to whiten porcelain veneers or crowns, you’ll have to replace them. If you’re considering getting veneers or crowns, you may want to whiten your teeth first so you have the shade of teeth you want that also matches your restored teeth.
If you’re interested in teeth whitening, please contact our cosmetic dentist today at our Raytown Dentist Office (816) 358-0800 or at our Pleasant Hill Dentist Office (816) 540-3110 to schedule your exam and consultation. Robert M. Davis, DDS and Associates serve clients in Sedalia, Raytown, Pleasant Hill and surrounding Missouri areas.