Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure used to whiten or lighten the shade of the teeth. Every year thousands of people choose to get their teeth whitened. However, even today when teeth whitening procedures have become so popular, a lot of individuals doubt their effectiveness. But not everything you hear about teeth whitening is a fact, here we are busting top 5 teeth whitening myths.
Myth 1: Teeth whitening wrecks enamel of your tooth
Not really true. Teeth whitening products used by professionals mostly have Hydrogen Peroxide or Carbamide Peroxide as the key ingredients. Hydrogen Peroxide is a bleaching agent which on chemical reaction converts into water and releases an Oxygen molecule. It goes without saying that both oxygen and water are safe and essential components of our everyday lives. The oxygen particles penetrate the rough surface of your tooth and remove staining particles. The bleach hydrogen peroxide is not same as the bleach you use in your home that contains ammonia or other poor quality acid based tooth whitening products. In fact, our own body produces Hydrogen Peroxide naturally.
Myth 2: Teeth whitening is not safe
Not true. Cosmetic teeth whitening with Hydrogen Peroxide has been around for almost 100 years. Most reputed dentists all across the globe support tooth bleaching as a generally safe technique, when done correctly. Usually, professional suppliers of teeth whitening products give enough instructions for the safe use of the product. Risk and safety of tooth whitening is usually dependent on 2 key issues: contact of the gel to soft tissues of the lips or gums and tooth sensitivity. These risks can be minimized by using professional products. Moreover, the side effects experienced by professional teeth whitening are temporary.
Myth 3: All whitening gels are same
Not true. The two main professional gel options are Hydrogen Peroxide and Carbamide Peroxide. Carbamide Peroxide is comparatively slower and is recommended for overnight use or for use only with an Accelerator Light. There is a huge range in strength of whitening gels. The dentists use strongest whitening gels. The comparatively lesser stronger whitening gels are given to patients by the dentists to be used at home. The weakest gels are purchased over-the-counter.
Myth 4: Teeth whitening accelerator lights don’t work
Not always true. A number of studies show that the use of a professional accelerator light does accelerate the oxidation of teeth whitening gel. This is particularly true with Carbamide Peroxide based teeth whitening gels. However, not all accelerator lights are the same. Some dentists still use older technology lights. Some dentists use mini LED lights that are only toys and don’t have sufficient power to give any significant results.