There’s no doubt that most people want to have a bright, beautiful smile. But some are a bit hesitant to visit a cosmetic dentist for their teeth whitening needs. And while cosmetic dentistry is all about perfecting one’s smile, many folks are under the impression that they can achieve the same results at home.
If you want to improve the look of your teeth or obtain an entirely brand new smile, you’ll want to make an appointment with a cosmetic dentistry expert. But unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about the tooth whitening process that often lead to less-than-desirable results. We’ll take a look at just three of these myths below.
MYTH: Over-the-counter or homemade methods are just as effective
Reality: These methods simply won’t have as noticeable an effect (if any at all) on your teeth. The teeth whitening methods used by those in the cosmetic dentistry field are far more powerful and much safer than anything you’ll find at the grocery store (or in your fridge or cabinet at home). DIY tooth whitening treatments like baking soda and lemons will actually harm your teeth without making much of a difference, and whitening toothpastes and gels are typically just a waste of money altogether. Ultimately, you aren’t going to make your smile look any brighter with these products, and any results you do achieve will yellow and fade in a matter of weeks. But when you visit your dentist for whitening treatments, you’ll definitely notice an immediate difference. In fact, according to data from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, fully 82.5% of people who had their teeth whitened by a professional dentist saw big results!
MYTH: Veneers and crowns will be whitened along with your teeth
Reality: Even when performed by a dentist, whitening treatments work only on natural teeth. That means that your veneers or crowns will stay the same shade as they have been and will need to be replaced to match your whiter teeth. However, that shouldn’t keep you from wanting a whiter smile.
MYTH: Teeth whitening isn’t safe
Reality: When performed under the care of your dentist, teeth whitening is a safe procedure. Products used in the proper quantities and for the recommended exposure times are absolutely fine, but if a concentration is too high or the exposure is too long, your gums may become irritated or you may experience poor results on your teeth. That’s why you should always go to your dentist for teeth whitening, rather than going the DIY teeth whitening route. Those who are well-versed in cosmetic dentistry will know exactly the right way to produce great results.
If you’ve been frustrated by the lack of results from over-the-counter, DIY whitening products, then it’s time for a change that will truly make you smile.