Infamous Teeth Whitening Myths

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One of the more common dentistry procedures in the world is teeth whitening. This is the process of whitening the outer layer of the tooth. It is estimated that over 1 million people receive this procedure per year, spending up to $10 billion per year.

Before you go and get your teeth whitened you should schedule an appointment with your dentist. You should also check for gum disease or cavities. They may also be able to remove surface stains during the visit. It is also important to note that teeth whitening system usually use a gel to achieve results. You should also know the facts about teeth whitening, as well as the false information that many people believe. This article reviews the 10 most common teeth whitening myths.

1. The Strongest gel products the whitest teeth. While stronger gels will whiten teeth the fast, you can achieve the same results by using medium strength gel for a longer period of time. If you are willing to wait a little long you can save some money.

2. All gels are the same. There are three different level of whitening gel. The weakest is the one sloe over-the-counter, while the medium strength gel is prescribed by your dentist for home use, and the most powerful is use by the dentist as an in office visit only.

3. Everyone's teeth whiten the same. The way your teeth whiten all depend on the stains that you currently have. People with yellow stains typically whiten better then people with grey stains. People with grey stains will whiten but at a slower rate than people with yellow teeth.

4. Crowns, veneers, and colored fillings whiten just like normal teeth. Since veneers, colored fillings and crowns are made from different material then your normal teeth they whiten at different rates. If you need any of these dental up keep you may want to wait till after you whiten your teeth to get them. This ensures that your teeth match you crowns, colored fillings, or veneers.

5. Teeth are bleached by whitening toothpaste. Most whitening toothpastes do not bleach your teeth. More so they have abrasives in them that only remove the surface stains. This will not give you the same level of whitening as gels give to you by your dentist.

6. Whitening teeth one time will keep them white forever. After whitening your teeth you will need to maintain their whiteness. This can be done with at home whitening treatments. Moreover, you should try to avoid dark liquids like coffee, tea, or wine if you want to keep your teeth white.

7. It takes weeks to see results. While this is true for over-the-counter products, it is not for systems used in your dentist office. Gels used by your dentist can lighten your teeth by as much as eight or nine shades within an hour.

8. There are no side effects associated with teeth whitening. Whitening your teeth can cause sensitivity and irritation of the gums. This is way it is very important to make sure you check with your dentist before you whiten your teeth.

9. Insurance will pay for your teeth whitening. Since many insurances concern teeth whitening a cosmetic procedure it is not covered by dental insurance.

10. Whitening done by dentists and "do it yourself" kits works the same. While gels from your dentist are stronger and work better the over-the-counter gels. Dentists are able to create trays there hold the gel closer to your teeth; this helps whiten your teeth fast. Over-the-counter trays do not fit your teeth as close as possible and are therefore less effective.
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This article was published on 2010/11/14