Debunking 4 Common Myths About Teeth Whitening

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Would you like to achieve a whiter and brighter smile? If so, you're certainly not alone. The good news is that you can achieve significantly whiter and brighter teeth through a cosmetic procedure known as teeth whitening. Before you decide to do this, however, there are some common myths and misconceptions you should be aware of.

Myth 1: Teeth Whitening Means Bleaching

First of all, understand that teeth whitening does not always mean using a bleaching agent. While this may have been the case in the past, new techniques have been developed that can help to whiten your teeth several shades (or more) without the use of bleach. For example, some teeth whitening procedures use ultraviolet light to achieve dramatic results. 

Myth 2: Teeth Whitening Is Damaging

As long as teeth whitening products are used responsibly and not too often, they're perfectly safe for your teeth and gums. Sometimes, you'll hear about the risk of damaging your teeth enamel or harming the gums—especially with some of the whitening gels on the market. However, the key is using the products as directed. This means not leaving gels on for too long and always keeping the product off your gums. The best way to avoid damage and complications that can be caused by improper use of whitening products is to simply have your whitening done by a professional dentist.

Myth 3: White Teeth Are Healthy Teeth

Keep in mind that while whiter and brighter teeth are certainly attractive, white teeth don't necessarily indicate the health of your teeth. Much like an apple that appears red and juicy on the outside but is rotted on the inside, your teeth can appear bright and healthy but have all kinds of underlying problems. This is why it's so important to see a dentist for regular check-ups, no matter how healthy your teeth appear.

Myth 4: Stronger Whitening Gel Is Better

Finally, keep in mind that the strongest whitening gel isn't always the best option for your teeth. Strong gels are more likely to cause damage to the teeth when used frequently and also tend not to last as long. A dentist who specializes in teeth whitening will be able to determine which whitening gel is best for your needs to help you achieve your shade of white. From there, you can enjoy a noticeably whiter and brighter smile without potential complications after your whitening procedure.


20 January 2017

The Reasons Why You Should Get A Root Canal

Hi, my name is Kevin Nelson and I want to tell you about my experience. I had a painful tooth so I went to see my dentist. After the examination, he said that I needed to have a root canal to save the tooth. I told the dentist to just pull the tooth instead and then he explained why that wasn't a good idea. He said that pulling the tooth would cause additional problems and then he told me what could happen. I didn't want any more problems, so the dentist did the root canal and I'm glad that he did. I wanted to write a blog to tell others about the benefits of a root canal and what to expect during the procedure. I hope that by getting the word out, other people won't make the same mistake that I almost did by getting a perfectly good tooth pulled.