Myth-1: Teeth Whitening makes teeth sensitive: After the process of teeth whitening at dental clinic few patients may feel sensation to hot and cold for about a week's time. The sensation is not permanent and goes away naturally after few days or weeks.
Myth-2: Harms the enamel: Teeth whitening treatments performed by a qualified dentist are absolutely safe and do not harm the tooth enamel. However some over-the-counter whitening products can damage enamel if they contain strong chemicals which can damage health of teeth enamel and gums. Using peroxide to whiten teeth is very effective and safe. It has been used since more than 30 years. During this period many advancements have taken place, making the bleaching gel absolutely safe in terms of change or damage to the structure of teeth.
Myth-3: It is painful: Teeth Whitening treatment is 100% painless. However if the bleaching agent comes in contact with gums, it may cause discomfort. Gel is applied on gums which act as a barrier and prevents bleaching agent touching the gum. In exceptional cases some patients may experience a minor ache till few hours after the treatment. Taking over-the-counter pain medication can help resolve this discomfort.
Myth-4: It requires multiple visits to the dentist over the months: With the help of technology your teeth can be brighten up to 8 shades within an hour's time. Only in some cases where results are not as desired, you may have to undergo for another session of teeth whitening treatment. However in most cases desired results are achieved within an hour's time.
Myth-5: You won't have cavities after teeth whitening: Although the whitening process makes teeth look and feel healthy, bleach doesn't resolve tooth decay. You will still need to have cavities filled to keep the decay from reaching the inside of your tooth. Your dentist will usually fill the cavities first, and then schedule the whitening appointment.
Myth-6: You don't need oral care after teeth whitening: Sorry, but No. Whitening does not disrupt bacteria colonies or remove plaque from your teeth. You must continue brushing and flossing your teeth two to three times a day to prevent the accumulation of plaque. Your dentist should perform a thorough cleaning session once every six to twelve months.
Myth-7: Results last for decades: Sadly, not true. Your dental care and type of food and drinks you consume directly influences how long your teeth stay bright. Smoking and age also impact the color of your teeth.