When it comes to caring for your teeth, the most debated topic is often the safety of teeth whitening. At Leavitt Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, a Pocatello dentist, we work with patients each day to help them whiten their teeth and enhance their smiles, and we proudly provide teeth whitening services in office.
Though we are professionals, when we discuss teeth whitening with patients, we are often met with doubts and questions regarding the procedure. With so many myths floating around related to whitening teeth, here are some of the facts.
There is a difference between a professional service and an over-the-counter product
Believe it or not, a more expensive item does not always mean it is better; however, when it comes to whitening your teeth, you might want to consider spending a bit more to have them professionally bleached.
Though you can buy reasonably priced whiteners and whitening toothpaste at the store, these products might whiten your teeth, but if not done properly, they might actually hurt you and your teeth.
The strongest product is not always the best
If you do choose to whiten your teeth at home, you must be able to pick a safe product to use. In some cases, a specific type of whitener will be marketed as the strongest whitening available. If you come across something that says it is the strongest, be wary. Though it might be the strongest, it might actually be too strong, which could hurt your teeth and mouth.
When selecting a teeth whitener, speak with your dentist or speak with a pharmacist at the store to see what they recommend.
You can’t eat and drink whatever you want just because you whitened your teeth
Sure, whitening your teeth removed many of the blemishes and stains that some of your favorite foods and drinks might have caused. Though this might seem like a great time to return to your old habits, why would you want to re-stain your teeth?
Whitened teeth are still susceptible to stains, and it is a waste of money to whiten them if you are going to just do the same things that caused them to stain in the first place.