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Five Misconceptions About Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic teeth whitening treatments available today. There is, however, a lot of conflicting information about it. And with the range of treatments available, from in-office and at-home treatments that your dentist provides to over-the-counter methods, it is not surprising that there are many misconceptions about teeth whitening. It can be difficult to determine what is and is not true, and which treatment would be right for your particular needs.

With that in mind, let’s talk about the five most common misconceptions about teeth whitening.

Teeth Whitening Hurts

This is not really true. If you think that “it doesn’t hurt” means that there is no discomfort at all, then this is one of those myths that might actually have a small element of truth. Sometimes, teeth whitening can cause your gums and teeth to feel a little bit more sensitive than usual. This is due to the hydrogen peroxide in the whitening compound. You might feel minimal discomfort for up to 24 hours following the procedure, but it cannot reasonably be called painful.

Drugstore Whitening Treatments Are Just as Good as Professional Teeth Whitening

Not usually. If your teeth are only slightly discolored, you might find that over the counter whitening strips will give you the results you want – provided that you don’t want to smile too widely. The strips fit only on the front of your teeth, and the teeth toward the back will not benefit from the treatment. And if your teeth are very discolored, you cannot expect good results from drugstore treatments. They will whiten your teeth by a shade or two, but a professional whitening treatment can deliver up to eight shades of whitening.

Whitening Treatments Harm Your Teeth

The American Dental Association (ADA) has stated that professional whitening will not harm your tooth enamel. The notion of harm is one of the most common misconceptions about teeth whitening treatments.

Teeth Whitening Will Give You a Hollywood Smile

No. Sorry, but whitening treatments from your dentist do not come with Photoshop included. The fact is that the actors you see in movies and on television do not have perfect teeth. They may be whitened, to be sure, but much of that dazzling white you see is done in the editing booth.

Anyone Can Benefit from Teeth Whitening

Well, almost anyone. But if you are pregnant or breast feeding, you should not have whitening treatments. And if you have gum disease, you need to have it treated before you can consider a teeth whitening treatment.

Contact Us

If you have dull, stained or yellowish teeth that are making you unhappy, contact us. Don’t believe the misconceptions about teeth whitening – the fact is that it will work for almost anyone. You can call Drs. Galligan & Villa Dental Studio at 718-984-7700, or use the form on our Contact Us page to arrange an appointment.