Let’s face it — Americans are obsessed with white teeth. In a world that constantly bombards us with images of beautiful people with beautiful teeth, it’s difficult to not feel your smile is somehow inadequate. Though there are several safe and effective options out there which are affordable to most, there are also several misconceptions. From recent trends like charcoal toothpaste or homemade whitening remedies, it’s difficult to suss out the white from the white lies, which is where we come in.

Today we’ll be tackling 3 common myths about teeth whitening and finally set the record straight.

Teeth Whitening Myths

Try DIY Whitening First

Just search the hashtag DIY on Pinterest and you’ll get a sense of the new do-it-yourself culture that has taken over the internet. With so much content and guides floating around, the thought is generally that someone can do anything. Though this may work when changing your own oil, messing with your teeth might not be a good move. Believe us when we say there are no secrets out there that “Dentists hate!” Like almost anything, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Many home remedies out there are not only ineffective at removing stains, they could be harmful.

Recipes that suggest using charcoal, lemon, baking soda, or any combination could create a mixture that is overly abrasive, and could very easily damage your enamel. Worse, they can also be too acidic which can work to dissolve your enamel.

Professional Whitening Can Damage Teeth

It’s common for people to fear that teeth whitening will damage their enamel. It’s also true that many DIY solutions can be harmful. But when whitening is performed by a dental professional, however, your teeth are perfectly safe. The basic idea behind professional whitening is the solution used to dissolve stains that have become lodged in your enamel. Because dental hygienists have been trained to handle whitening solutions, they are more powerful than over-the-counter solutions, and also handled with knowledge and experience. Whiteners do have the potential to damage enamel. When you work with a dentist you know that whiteners are being used in ways that preserve your teeth.

At-home teeth whitening can be dangerous, too — particularly if you don’t follow the instructions. That’s why it’s key to see an experienced dentist for your whitening procedure to ensure that your teeth stay safe.

Teeth Whitening Is Permanent

Unfortunately, just as your teeth have become stained and yellowed over time as a result of use, they will become stained and yellowed again. There is no way to permanently whiten your teeth — unless you can find a way to stop eating, drinking, or using your teeth in any way!

Instead, you will need to keep up with your teeth whitening just like you have to keep up with all other forms of dental hygiene. This is yet another reason to see your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings, so you can stay on top of both your oral health and oral aesthetics.

However, if you want something close to permanent whitening, consider veneers. Dental veneers are thin facades of advanced ceramic that have a stain-resistant glaze. When properly cared for, veneers can give you a smile that stays white for a decade or more.

If you are unhappy with your discolored teeth and want to learn more about teeth whitening in Anchorage, please call (907) 349-0022 or contact us today to make an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at Excellence in Dentistry.