One of the many services that we offer here at the office of Michael S. Spangler, DDS, PA is professional tooth whitening. Our team has found that there is a great deal of misinformation about this treatment floating around, and we want to do our part to counter those misconceptions so that you can make an informed decision about whether it’s right for you. In this article, we’ll go over some of the most common myths we hear about tooth whitening and provide correct information to replace them.
• Myth: You can achieve professional results with home whitening kits. One of the most persistent myths we hear about tooth whitening is that professional whitening services are a waste of money because you can get the same results from a home whitening kit. This is not the case. The whitening gel that our team uses in our office is stronger and more concentrated than the stuff in over-the-counter kits and will whiten your teeth more completely.
• Myth: Tooth whitening lasts forever. While tooth whitening treatments can remove stains and yellowing, they can’t ensure that your teeth remain white forever. If you continue to drink a lot of coffee, smoke cigarettes, or eat foods that stain your teeth, they will lose their brightness and become yellow once more.
• Myth: The strongest whitening gel is always best. When it comes to tooth whitening, the strength of the whitening gel needs to be considered carefully, as overusing the strongest peroxides is likely to make your teeth sensitive and even cause pain.