There’s no doubt that teeth whitening has become hugely fashionable over the last few years. When it first came onto the scene, there were some sceptics, but now it has firmly grabbed the nation’s attention and more and more people are taking advantage of the treatment.
However, with interest in teeth whitening so high, it does mean that a lot of misinformation is also published about it. Bearing this in mind, we have spoken to a leading Clinton dentistry practice to find out what the biggest myths associated with the treatment are. Here, we’ll document what we found out.
Myth #1 – You can whiten your teeth with fruit
Let’s start with a myth which isn’t directly related to the teeth whitening treatment itself, but it is commonly said and probably needs debunking once and for all.
In short, some people are under the impression that your teeth can be whitened by rubbing fruit on them. The basis of this is that stains will “come off” courtesy of this “treatment”.
As it turns out, this is a tactic that will cause more harm than good. There is so much acid within fruit that this is just asking for trouble, and by the time you have completed this DIY step your tooth enamel will be seriously affected (for the wrong reasons).
Myth #2 – Real teeth whitening treatments damage enamel
On the subject of what does impact your enamel, let’s talk about a real teeth whitening treatment. Some sources have suggested that these treatments can damage the enamel, even though absolutely no evidence has been published which suggests this.
Sure, if you come across a less-than-reputable dentist you might suffer with such problems. However, if a treatment is performed properly, it will never affect your enamel in a negative manner.
Myth #3 – Teeth whitening will leave you looking like a cartoon character
We’ve all seen the cartoons; the ones where a certain character is left with a gleaming smile, that can almost act like a mirror.
A common misconception is that anyone who undergoes a teeth whitening treatment is also going to look the same. Fortunately, this couldn’t be further away from the truth.
Teeth whitening is a progressive treatment. In other words, you’re not going to go from yellow to white in a flash – it requires several sessions to “build up” the layers of white. Once you get to a shade that you like, you can stop the treatments so you don’t get that shine-factor we all fear.
Myth #4 – Teeth whitening is painful
Finally, there is a little substance with this myth. However, it should be clarified that there’s a difference between sensitivity and pain – and teeth whitening treatments tend to be associated with the former.
In other words, the feelings you experience are completely manageable. In fact, if you are really concerned about this, you can ask your dentist to use a solution that uses ACP – as this is renowned to be a little lighter on your senses.