Have you been trying to figure out what to do about the discoloration plaguing your otherwise lovely smile? Perhaps you began with the intention of scheduling a visit with us (always the right decision!) but you became sidetracked by an outpouring of information from friends and family regarding brightening up your grin. Not sure any longer what’s true and what isn’t? Let’s review some common rumors about teeth whitening (and accompanying factual details), so you can get back on track.
Rumors and Facts: Teeth Whitening
Rumor: You just need to buy whitening toothpaste and brush harder – your discoloration will go away.
Fact: While whitening toothpaste can offer some benefit, it will barely be noticeable. As for your brushing, a harder or more vigorous approach will do nothing but potentially irritate and/or damage your smile. For dramatically brighter teeth, you will need to schedule cosmetic care with our practice.
Rumor: If you have deep stains, you will not qualify for teeth whitening. As a result, you will not be able to do anything to make your smile look whiter.
Fact: It’s true that deep discoloration (often the result of trauma or medication side effects) is too difficult to treat with traditional teeth whitening. However, you are not out of luck. We offer either dental bonding or porcelain veneers for a brilliant improvement.
Rumor: If you want a more budget-friendly option, you can go ahead and purchase over-the-counter teeth whitening and receive the same results.
Fact: We always steer patients away from OTC choices and toward our practice. This is because your OTC whitening solutions can be too harsh on teeth, may result in sensitivity, and the results will pale in comparison to professional treatment.