One of the many services offered here at the office of Paul D. Nifong, Jr., DDS, is teeth whitening. Many people are dissatisfied with the color of their teeth, so we offer whitening services to help them achieve a brighter smile. In our experience, there is a great deal of misinformation on this topic, so we have put together this article to set the record straight. Keep reading to learn the truth behind some of the most common myths about teeth whitening treatments.
Myth: Using whitening toothpaste is as effective as getting professional teeth whitening treatments. When people first become interested in teeth whitening, most of the time, their first step is to switch to a whitening toothpaste. While whitening toothpaste can reduce the appearance of surface stains and prevent your teeth from yellowing, using toothpaste alone is not as effective as going to a dentist for professional whitening treatments. Our treatments use peroxide to bleach the tooth enamel, which results in whiter teeth.
Myth: Teeth whitening always increases tooth sensitivity. Many people avoid teeth whitening because they believe the treatments will cause their teeth to become more sensitive. It’s true teeth whitening can lead to tooth sensitivity when the treatments are not performed correctly or when patients overuse the treatments. However, our team has the right experience to whiten your teeth without making them more sensitive, and we’ll always make you aware of all risks associated with any treatment.
Myth: Teeth whitening works on fillings and crowns. Lastly, we want you to know teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, not on the porcelains and other materials used in veneers and crowns. If you have crowns, veneers, or dental implants, the material of those teeth (or parts of teeth) will not get lighter with whitening treatments. This may not be a problem if none of the affected teeth are visible in your smile, but if you have any non-natural tooth material on your front teeth, then whitening will make the seams more obvious.