Teeth whitening is one of the easiest, most popular ways to brighten a dingy smile. Many factors can cause teeth to darken or stain, including the foods you eat, beverages you drink, some types of medications, and tobacco use. If you are considering teeth whitening to improve your smile, you may have heard conflicting information about whitening treatments. Having the correct information will help you determine which type of teeth whitening is best for your situation. Some of the myths about teeth whitening include:
- All teeth whitening treatments are equal. In fact, professional teeth whitening treatments performed by a qualified dentist are considerably more effective than over-the-counter whitening products.
- All teeth whiten equally. In fact, every person will have a different result from teeth whitening. Yellow teeth tend to whiten better than gray teeth. One person’s teeth may whiten dramatically more than another person using the same type of whitening treatment.
- Whitening takes weeks to show results. In reality, many professional whitening treatments will begin to brighten teeth within hours. Even some over-the-counter products will show whitening effects almost immediately.
- You cannot over-whiten teeth. The truth is, there are some risks to teeth whitening, including tooth sensitivity and damage to the tooth roots. For this reason, whitening under the supervision of a qualified dental professional is highly recommended.
Whether you choose to whiten at home with an over-the-counter product or in-office whitening by your dentist, it is always a good idea to consult with your dental professional before attempting any whitening treatment. The dentists at Broadmoor Family Dental in Shreveport can advise you about the best type of whitening procedure to achieve your desired result of a fresh, beautiful smile.