5 teeth whitening myths
In the last years, the teeth whitening became a kind of fashion trend. Especially under the influence of TV commercials of dazzling white smiles that just invite the viewer to experience everything possible. But the truth is that the teeth whitening is a complex and long process, accompanied by so many misconceptions, which can even make you refuse to try the procedure. Here are the 5 most popular teeth whitening myths and the truth about it.
Myth 1: The teeth whitening is painful and damages the enamel
All teeth whitening procedures are relatively harmless and painless, as long as they are properly applied and in the right proportions of the whitening agents. To avoid irritation of the gums and damage to the enamel, dentists use gel as a protective barrier, approved by the World Association. Yet, the most friendly and harmless remains the use of toothpaste with low abrasiveness, but high cleaning action.
Myth 2: The chemical teeth whitening is made with laser
This is very common misconception, stemming mainly from the fact that a ray of blue light is used during the procedure. Actually it is UV-light, used for easier decomposition of hydrogen peroxide - the substance used for whitening. In case of decomposition the oxygen is evaporated and the peroxide molecules oxidize the pigments on the enamel and decolorize them, giving a shiny effect to the tooth.
Myth 3: The teeth whiten uniformly
The truth is that each tooth reacts differently to the whitening procedure - some immediately respond to the bleaching agents, while for others it takes longer. Yellowed teeth, for example, whiten easier than gray, and the seals, crowns and dentures whiten minimally. So the overall result after the first procedure is uneven.
Myth 4: The professional teeth whitening is more effective than that, made at home
Both types of procedures give similar results. In most cases, the difference comes down to time and money. The professional whitening can be achieved in a day, but it is more expensive and causes some discomfort. The whitening at home takes longer, but with perseverance, proper oral hygiene and toothpaste, the results are visible within a few weeks. Moreover, it has no side effects.
Myth 5: All teeth whitening products are one and the same
All means for teeth whitening (pastes, gels, strips, mixtures and mouthwashes and solutions) have different whitening formulas whose efficiency also varies. Especially gum and enamel friendly are the whitening toothpastes with non-abrasive formulas. In addition, they contain highly effective ingredients to break down plaque, deposits and dark spots, they are enriched with polishing microparticles for extra shine and with specialized ingredients for additional protection of the enamel.
Teeth can change their color for many reasons - genes, eating habits and coloring substances (carbonated drinks, coffee, tea, nicotine), an excessive use of fluoride and aging of the seals. Fortunately, there are many procedures for internal and external whitening, and thanks to toothpastes with whitening formulas, you can keep the result longer! So, don’t be a slave of prejudices, but choose the most appropriate option for you and show your dazzling white smile to everybody.