Just in Time for Valentine’s Day!
If you are considering teeth whitening, there’s never a better time than before Valentine’s Day! But maybe you’ve heard that teeth whitening is dangerous, or that you can get similar bleaching results from an over-the-counter treatment. Don’t let yourself be fooled by these popular teeth whitening myths. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’re here to separate fact from fiction regarding teeth whitening in Midtown East!
Myth 1. Teeth whitening harms your tooth enamel
Some people mistakenly believe that teeth whitening works by dissolving the stained part of your tooth enamel, but that is definitely not true. Aside from causing real sensitivity, taking off your enamel would leave your teeth at a huge risk for cavities and infection. Instead, professional teeth whitening works by peroxide entering the tooth enamel and dissolving stains.
Myth 2. You’ll have to stay away from coffee or wine
While it is true that dark beverages and foods like coffee or wine increase your teeth’s susceptibility to staining, you do not have to stay away from your favorite items altogether. We wouldn’t want to deprive you of some of life’s greatest pleasures — instead, keep in mind a few of these tips to reduce staining.
- Drink coffee through a straw to minimize contact with the teeth.
- Sip wine along with a piece of cheese, as the calcium strengthens tooth enamel to reduce susceptibility to discoloration.
- Eat crusty bread with red pasta sauce to naturally scrub away stain-causing pigments.
Because your teeth will be most vulnerable to absorbing stains from foods and beverages right after teeth whitening, you should take extra precautions for the first few days following an in-office treatment.
Myth 3. Over-the-counter whitening works just as well
What’s the point in investing in professional teeth whitening if what you can buy over-the-counter is just as effective? Well, that might be true if white strips or whitening toothpastes really were as good as a professional treatment. But nothing reveals results as dazzling or as effectively as what you can achieve when you partner with your dentist. Professional teeth whitening uses maximum-strength whitening gel and is custom fitted for your unique smile.
Myth 4. Teeth whitening will make your teeth look fake
Nope! Because teeth are inherently yellow and the shade comes from within the tooth, it’s impossible to get teeth that glow in the dark — and when you’ve seen blindingly-white smiles on TV or in magazines, it’s almost guaranteed that those results are thanks to Photoshop. Rest assured that your Drs. Boyd teeth whitening results will look naturally beautiful.
Myth 5. Crowns and fillings can be whitened
Teeth whitening works only on natural tooth enamel, so any existing dental work that has lost its luster cannot be whitened along with the rest of your teeth. Fortunately, crowns made of porcelain or ceramic are highly resistant to stains — so it may be a good idea to undergo a whitening treatment before you get a crown and have the crown matched to the shade of your brighter teeth.