Top 5 Myths About Tooth Whitening
Whiter teeth from toothpaste?…… Not Likely
Many whitening toothpastes are hyped as being an alternative to professional whitening systems. But do they work?
Contrary to what advertisers lead us to believe, it is simply not possible for whitening toothpaste to whiten teeth.
They are not formulated with the same active ingredients as those used in professional whitening systems. They are often found to be very abrasive to remove superficial stains and create a “whiter-looking” smile. The abrasion of these toothpastes can result in unnecessary wear and cause more harm to root and tooth surfaces — and even increase sensitivity.
Top 5 myths about tooth whitening
It’s harmful to the teeth and gums
When advised by your dentist or dental health care professional, the whitening process they will carry out is entirely safe, painless and can be extremely rewarding.
Reports have shown that in many cases whitening may help patients become more conscientious about their oral health. Keep in mind compliance with post-whitening instructions plays a significant role in the success of the whitening process.
Custom made trays aren’t important
When deciding to use an at-home system, a custom-made whitening tray is essential to the success of the whitening process.
A custom-made tray is made by your dentist by using impressions taken from your mouth which then fits precisely to your teeth.
It will lessen the chance of gum irritation from the tray and seepage of the gel onto the gums.
Having a custom tray allows the whitening gel to remain in direct contact with the tooth allowing for an even coverage and faster effect.
All whitening toothpastes are, essentially, the same
Not by a long shot. Whitening products vary tremendously, including ways in which the product can be applied to the teeth.
There are many different systems: at-home, in-house as well as strictly over-the-counter.
Over-the-counter systems (such as in chemists) are much cheaper and are not nearly as effective or long-lasting as professional tooth whitening – they also do not come with custom-made trays.
Overall, whitening products vary in active ingredients, strength and effectiveness.
Ask any member of our clinical staff to determine the best option for you.
The results will look fake
With most whitening systems, and particularly when supervised by our dental health professionals, you will have the ability to have control over the results.
When having a professional in-house whitening procedure, we will develop a treatment plan and follow your instructions on the degree of whiteness you desire.
With at-home whitening, you can stop the process at any time during treatment once you’ve reached the desired whiteness.
That would be nice, but unfortunately not the case.
How long it lasts has a lot to do with your oral health care and dietary habits.
These include your daily dental care and the frequency of your hygiene visits, as well as your consumption of foods and beverages that can stain the teeth
Additionally, dental healthcare products that contain dyes and colourings, as well as smoking, can stain your teeth, cosmetic work and tooth-colour filling materials. Avoid toothpastes and mouth rinses that are coloured.
The safest and most effective way to whiten your smile and keep it lasting as long as possible is to use a professional whitening system such as the zoom system we have here at Cherrybank.
This should be maintained with a good home care routine and home care kit.
Brighten your smile, freshen your breath and have the healthiest smile possible!
Alternatively, you can contact our expert dental team via an online consultation, where you can find out:
- If we can help you
- What your treatment options are
- An idea of costs
Last updated April 8th, 2019