Your myths about tooth whitening.jpgsmile is the first thing people notice about you and you want it to shine bright. Having discoloured teeth can make you feel self-conscious showing the world the beautiful smile you have.

Don’t let your teeth hold you back, there are many different things that can be done to give you a bright smile. To help you feel more comfortable in your decision to have your teeth whitened here are a few myths about teeth whitening:

1 Myth – Teeth whitening damages your enamel

Although teeth whitening has been associated with damaging teeth enamel, a recent study by The Journal of American Dental Association concluded that teeth whitening agents do not increase the susceptibility of wear on tooth enamel.

2 Myth – Teeth whitening treatments are painful

Teeth whitening is not painful, but it can cause some added sensitivity to gums and teeth. The hydrogen peroxide in the teeth whitener causes this sensitivity. Most people will experience an increase in tooth sensitivity for 24 hours after the procedure.

3 Myth – Professional whitening is more effective than home treatments

Both professional and at home treatments can produce results. The benefit of having your teeth professionally whitened is that you have a dentist ensuring you’re a good candidate for teeth whitening, and professional whitening is faster. Also, since at home treatments require the use of gel or strips for a certain amount of time each day for a given period of time, the teeth are exposed to hydrogen peroxide daily. This will cause you to experience teeth sensitivity for the duration of the treatment rather than just 24 hours.

4 Myth – Procedures Are Fast

While it’s true that laser whitening is completed in one dental visit, most whitening procedures do not work that fast. When wearing the trays, carbamide peroxide is changed into hydrogen peroxide which whitens the teeth. The 16 percent gel whitens more slowly but causes less tooth sensitivity. The 22 percent gel whitens quickly but can cause temporary sensitivity to temperatures. Both the 16 percent and 22 percent gels need to be worn for about 10 to 14 days to achieve maximum whiteness. Almost all patients see improvement when they use the laser or the trays. However, the improvement is not as visible with over-the-counter products.

5 Myth – Your results will look like the “Hollywood smile”

Our teeth are not naturally white — they are either a shade of yellow, brown or gray. Whitening your teeth will polish off the stains, but not change the natural color of your teeth. However, bleaching can whiten beyond teeth’s natural color. It is important to remember that results vary with each individual, even for bleaching.

6 Myth – Teeth Whitening Is Permanent

After you have had teeth whitening treatment, it is long-lasting, but it is not permanent. Drinking wine, coffee and cola and eating blueberries or other foods that stain teeth will cause your teeth to begin to discolor again. It is recommended to visit the dentist for retreatment every three to six months.

7 Myth – Anyone can get their teeth whitened

Teeth whitening is not recommended for people under the age of 16, pregnant or lactating women, people with sensitive teeth, who are allergic to peroxide, have gum disease, untreated cavities, worn enamel, exposed roots, or teeth restorations such as veneers.