MYTHS AND REALITIES OF TOOTH WHITENING
Despite the level of progress that modern dentistry has made, there are still many myths about whitening. These myths date back to when the first whitening techniques were born and developed and many of these myths are still alive today.
However, years of practice around the world have proven conclusively that whitening brings many benefits to those who have undergone the procedure. Especially those who have the habit of darkening enamels.
Let's look at some myths and find out how real they are.
Myth 1: Teeth are not whitened if you have fillings, bridges, or crowns.
Reality: The color of crowns, fillings, bridges, veneers, etc. does not really change with whitening. However, whitening is often recommended after treatment and extensive restoration of teeth, as it is a good method to achieve color matching between treated (or restored) and native teeth. The dentist will knowingly use lighter materials during the treatment phase that will look the same as your native teeth after whitening.
If fillings, crowns, etc. have been placed previously, but are far away from the mouth or in invisible places, the aesthetic result of whitening will not be affected.
Myth 2: my teeth can become as white as I want.
Reality: Everyone has their own individual tooth color, which in the vast majority of cases is yellowish because of the yellow dentin color that is inside the tooth. That's why the natural tooth color isn't absolutely white. The whitening procedure allows teeth to be lighter in several shades (from 2 to 8). In other words, your teeth may not become whiter than snow, but they will definitely be as white as possible. And your smile will shine like never before!
Myth 3: Whitening uses harmful chemical components.
Reality: Tooth whitening is currently the safest cosmetic procedure in dentistry. The key substance used in dental whitening procedures is carbamide peroxide, a chemical agent that was originally developed to be safe for people. According to clinical data collected by the American Dental Association, urea peroxide is a safe and effective whitening agent.
Myth 4: After bleaching, my teeth will remain white forever.
Reality: For most people, the result of whitening is about 2 years (in rare cases up to 5 years). However, how long your teeth will stay whiter depends on how accurately you follow your teeth care recommendations. Regardless of which whitening method you use, the less your teeth come into contact with products that contain natural dyes (coffee, wine, tobacco, etc.), the longer your smile will retain its radiance.
Myth 5: laser whitening is the only really effective way.
Reality: Laser whitening is not the only effective way to whiten your smile, it's just one of the best. Stripe whitening can have the same effect as laser whitening. For best results, the main thing is to choose the technology that suits you best. After all, if you have, for example, very sensitive teeth, the best way to you will be photo whitening, not the laser method.
IS IT SAFE TO BLEACH YOUR TEETH?
Many people want their teeth to be whiter, but some are nervous about the consequences of whitening. So, is it safe to whiten teeth?
Yes. Tooth whitening methods have been well studied and evaluated over the years, and you can say that a positive result is guaranteed. The active whitening ingredient in most whitening products is carbamide peroxide, which is actually a less aggressive form of hydrogen peroxide and according to the American Dental Association (ADA) is absolutely safe. And the desensitizers that make up the whitening gels provide minimum sensitivity and maximum whitening possible.
Rest assured that the dentists who make these products have worked to ensure that tooth whitening is safe and effective. However, there are some things to discuss that may be of concern.
Protecting your gums
Your gums and roots should be reliably protected from gel exposure, as the concentration of bleach in it are higher than that of conventional bleaching agents. Therefore, it can cause slight irritation when it gets on the mucous membrane. That is why during the procedure, the gums are reliably protected by a special pad, which makes it impossible for the gel to reach the mucous membranes. However, even if this happens (which is unlikely), you do not have to worry. Once the gel is removed, all unpleasant symptoms disappear.
The next point of concern is to increase the sensitivity of the teeth. After all, some people already suffer from this feature and resort to special pastes and other products that protect the enamel and help reduce its sensitivity. It should be noted that if this feature is not caused by any diseases requiring dental treatment (cracks or chips of the tooth), the possible increase in sensitivity is temporary in nature, and with photo-whitening of such a risk is virtually non-existent.
For absolute certainty, you can ask your dentist to treat your teeth with fluoride a few days before whitening.
So, is tooth whitening safe? Yes, if you trust professionals!