Always wanted shiny, white teeth, but afraid you might damage your teeth in the process?
There’s a lot of teeth whitening misconceptions out there, and we at Perla Dental aim to educate and inform our patients of these myths so no one misses out on a brilliant first impression.
Here are four common teeth whitening myths to be aware of as you decide whether or not whitening is for you.
MYTH 1: THE TEETH WHITENING LASER DAMAGES YOUR TEETH
It’s easy to be intimidated by the word “laser,” however what many people don’t realize is that the laser is not really a laser—it’s a UV or LED light that activates the whitening gel so it can penetrate your teeth. This light does not harm or damage your enamel; it simply puts the whitening gel into action so it can eliminate stains and discoloration on your teeth.
MYTH 2: WHITENING TOOTHPASTE IS JUST AS EFFECTIVE AS PROFESSIONAL TREATMENTS
Whitening toothpaste may remove stains on the surface, but it won’t change the inherent color of your teeth. Not only that, but the abrasive ingredients in the toothpaste can wear away your teeth’s protective layer, causing tooth sensitivity.
MYTH 3: CROWNS AND FILLINGS CAN BE WHITENED
Unfortunately, crowns, fillings and veneers resist whitening treatments. Your best plan of action is to whiten your teeth before you get these dental procedures done, that way you can match them to your whiter teeth. While the color of your natural teeth and restored teeth may not match perfectly, over time the whitening will fade, providing you with a more even-colored smile.
MYTH 4: YOU HAVE TO RESTRICT YOUR DIET FOREVER
While dentists recommend avoiding acidic foods and drinks such as coffee, wine, soda and fruit juice the first few days after a whitening treatment, consuming such items after a period of time will not
dramatically affect the color of your teeth. A good rule of thumb is to always drink water after consuming these foods and beverages so you wash away any sugar stuck to your teeth.
Teeth whitening not only brightens your smile, it also improves your self-esteem. When attending a special event such as a wedding or graduation, instead of hiding from the camera, you’ll be happy to show off your shiny, new smile.
Not only that, but now until Dec. 31, get Zoom Teeth Whitening for a reduced price. Visit https://goo.gl/iK9dJa for a complete list of all our locations so you can schedule your appointment before our special ends!