Debunking Teeth Whitening Myths: What Really Works And What Doesn’t

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You’ve probably thought about whitening your teeth if you have stained teeth from not brushing properly, smoking, excessive tea drinking, or other stains. You’re met with various ideas, treatments, products, and teeth whitening services if you google how to whiten your teeth. We’re here to help you debunk the truth from fable when whitening your smile. So, let’s debunk some common teeth-whitening myths and clarify what works and what doesn’t:

Myth #1: Lemon Juice And Baking Soda Are Safe And Effective For Whitening Teeth

Fact: If you have luck whitening teeth with lemons, the acid has worn the enamel off your teeth! Dentin is much softer and decays much more quickly than enamel. It only takes a pH of 5.5 to begin demineralizing enamel, and a lemon juice’s pH is 2! It’s much healthier to swish mouthwash instead of lemon juice.

Lemon juice and baking soda may have some whitening properties due to their acidic nature and mild abrasive properties, but they are unsafe for long-term use. The acid portion in lemon juice can erode tooth enamel, thus making your teeth more susceptible to staining and sensitivity. If used too frequently or aggressively, baking soda can also wear down enamel. It’s best to avoid using these substances for teeth whitening and opt for safer alternatives.

Myth #2: Whitening Toothpaste Can Dramatically Whiten Teeth

Fact: Whitening toothpaste might lead to a lighter shade of enamel, but whitening toothpaste cannot guarantee the same whiteness that professional whitening treatments can. The difference between whitening toothpaste and professional whitening gels is down to chemical science. Whitening toothpaste may help remove some surface stains, but they usually contain mild abrasives and do not contain bleaching agents. As a result, they cannot provide significant whitening results for deeper colors. Consider professional treatments like in-office or at-home whitening kits prescribed by dentists for more noticeable whitening.

Myth #3: Fruits Like Strawberries And Bananas Can Whiten Teeth

Fact: Some fruits like strawberries and bananas contain natural enzymes and malic acid that may help remove surface stains. However, their effect is limited and less potent than professional teeth whitening products or treatments. Additionally, the sugars in fruits can harm teeth if left on for extended periods, so brushing your teeth afterward is essential.

Myth #4: Oil Pulling Can Whiten Teeth

Fact: Oil pulling involves swishing oil (often coconut oil) in the mouth for several minutes. While some people claim it helps whiten teeth, insufficient scientific evidence supports this claim. Oil pulling may have some oral health benefits, like reducing harmful bacteria, but it should not be considered a reliable method for teeth whitening.

Myth #5: Professional Whitening Is Expensive And Not Worth It

Fact: Professional whitening is less expensive than you would think. The prescription gel and custom trays outweigh the disappointment over-the-counter whitening options give. Call and ask us today what your custom trays and gel would cost!

Myth #6: Crowns Can Be Whitened

Fact: No matter what material your crown is made of, it can’t be whitened. The porcelain or metal alloys cannot be tinted, so they cannot be bleached while safe from stains. If you have crowns in the back of your mouth, the unevenness of color won’t be as noticeable. But, if you have porcelain crowns or veneers towards the front of your mouth, they’ll stick out as a darker shade of white. If you have crowns that stand out from the rest of your pearly white smile, we can replace those crowns with matching pigments to make your smile stand out.

Myth #7: It’ll Make My Teeth Too Sensitive 

Fact: Bleaching your teeth can make them sensitive, but the discomfort doesn’t last forever. Bleaching your teeth dehydrates them. Like our skin, our teeth have small pores to absorb fluids. When the teeth are dehydrated, they cannot insulate the nerve as effectively, thus causing sensitivity to cold and heat. The sensitivity should disappear as your teeth rehydrate over a few days from bleaching.

Myth #8: If You Whiten Your Teeth, You’ll Never Need To Whiten Them Again 

Fact: Bleaching your teeth only lasts so long. Over time, your natural enamel coloring will return, and it’s possible to continue to stain and re-stain your teeth. A few days after whitening, you may notice some of the whiteness fading because as your teeth rehydrate, some natural tints will return. The whiteness will fade over the next few months as your teeth become stained again.

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