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Debunking 6 Common Myths About Teeth Whitening

One of the most used cosmetic dentistry Barrie procedure is teeth whitening. For many people with stained teeth or who want that Hollywood look, this is their alternative since brushing and flossing can only do so much when it comes to getting the perfect white teeth. However, over the years a number of myths have emerged regarding tooth whitening making it difficult for most people to fully benefit from the process. Here are some of the common myths.

Teeth whitening is a one off procedure

This is a common misconception especially for those who get their teeth whitened with an in office procedure. Once the desired shade has been achieved, you have to keep up a lifestyle that fosters your dental health and teeth color. Even then you will need periodical touch ups to maintain the desired quality.

There are no side effects to teeth whitening

Generally speaking, teeth whitening is a safe procedure. However depending on the individual and procedure used, one can easily experience temporal sensitivity lasting about 24 hours at most. This is usually managed by anti-inflammatory drugs advised by your dentist. To avoid this, you should consult your dentist in order to have a review done on your dental condition and know which option suits you best.

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All teeth whitening products are the same

This is a false assertion because different products use different chemicals in different amounts. Also, while the end result will be whiter teeth there is a difference in the time taken to achieve this as well as the accompanying side effects. There is also a huge difference between the products purchased over the counter and the products prescribed by a cosmetic dentist.

The tooth whitening process leads to the same results in everyone

This is not true. With every individual there are different factors that have led to their present teeth color. The degree and type of staining whether intrinsic or surface staining also determines the results and methods used. Intrinsic staining from antibiotics taken during childhood or cigarette smoking and other factors is much more difficult to remove than surface staining. You need to have your practitioner assess your whitening potential; you also need to understand that both the process and the results will be different for everyone.

Tooth whitening toothpastes can bleach teeth

This is not a true assertion because of how toothpastes work. Whitening toothpastes only use surface whitening means to whiten teeth. They only have abrasives to work on extrinsic staining having only about 0.01% peroxide to help with intrinsic staining.

Teeth whitening can cause oral cancer

This is a myth which has resulted in many shunning the tooth whitening procedure. While it is true that free radicals have been associated with increased cancer risk and the bleaching process results in creation of free radicals, these are immediately rinsed out and taken away by the dental suction device. Teeth whitening has never been linked with an increase in the risk for oral cancer despite being one of the most studied procedures.

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J Cave
12:59 09 Jul 18
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15:28 31 May 18
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19:04 30 Jan 18
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