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Teeth whitening myths debunked

January 5, 2022
Posted By: Amber Schmidt
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At some point, we've all gone to "Dr Google" for health advice, mostly out of convenience but also because you occasionally get really good advice. Of course, you can't entirely avoid myths and bad information on the web - and teeth whitening grapevine literature is no different.

Patients should not get the wrong idea about what cosmetic dental treatment is all about, and hopefully this material will dispel some myths.


Here are some common tooth whitening misconceptions that need to be debunked:


Myth 1:Teeth whitening is not a safe procedure.


There are several varieties of teeth whitening treatments on the market, but for the sake of brevity, let's divide them into three categories: Chairside professional teeth whitening, take-home whitening kits supplied by the dentist, and over-the-counter (OTC) tooth whitening solutions.


It's tough to recommend over-the-counter whitening treatments as a whole, since there are so many alternatives and names making generalizations useless.

On the other hand, because expert teeth whitening treatments, whether provided or administered by a qualified dentist with a cosmetic dental background, usually need a more stringent safety procedure, they are generally more expensive.


Your Dentist Parker CO is required to follow a series of procedures as a licensed professional, including: evaluating your suitability before proceeding with the whitening treatment; and, importantly, utilizing various safety precautions. To avoid any direct contact between your pearlies and the bleaching solution, the dentist would utilize dental and gum protectives.


When it comes to dentist-dispensed home whitening kits, you may feel more comfortable with professional supervision when it comes to the bleaching agent's suitability. That's because the active components in the whitening solution will be mixed in a proportion that is appropriate for your needs. The whitening kit will be chosen based on the dentist's understanding of your dental history and oral examination findings during the initial consultation phase of treatment.


Professional teeth whitening treatments, on the other hand, are typically considered safe, minimally invasive, and less likely to result in tooth sensitivity because they do not contain chemicals or abrasives.


Myth 2: The ingredients in all home tooth-whitening kits are the same.


In Myth 1, it was stated that "dental whitening kits are ineffective," but the actuality is that they contain a bleaching agent tailored to your specific needs. This one has been debunked in Myth 1. Unlike a consumer-purchased OTC kit, the dentist-dispensed whitening kit includes a bleaching solution that is suited to your unique demands.

Another key distinction is the whitening tray that comes with the kit. Over-the-counter (OTC) kits come with generic whitening trays, but dentist-administered kits can be tailored to match your teeth's structure and size. This ensures a better fit, resulting in a more uniform distribution of the bleaching gel on your teeth and a better result.


Finally, the gel in the dentist-preferred kit is usually a more concentrated bleaching solution, which has a more efficient and fast-acting whitening effect.

Teeth Whitening Myths

Myth 3: Teeth whitening products are the same as home bleaching solutions.

The most common misconception regarding teeth whitening is that it's the same as home cleaning products or that it produces the same bleaching results.

To debunk this false statement, all you have to do is inform people that teeth whitening procedures aren't acidic.


The balanced pH formulated solutions are converted into safe and non-harmful water and oxygen compounds during the whitening process, which means they have been verified safe for oral use.


This unusual chemical procedure has also been confirmed to eliminate the discolored particles that have bonded on your teeth.

Myth 4: Teeth whitening works on everyone

This is another widely believed misconception that is just as dangerous as the others. To start with, teeth whitening isn't advised for youngsters and adolescents who have a bugger nerve chamber, which makes them more prone to tooth sensitivity. If you've had dental work in the past, be aware that teeth whitening differs from veneers or crowns in terms of how it affects your natural teeth.


If you want to avoid an uneven whitening effect on your teeth, it's essential to talk with your Dentist in Parker ahead of time.

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