The Truth About Teeth Whitening
While many people want to have whiter, brighter teeth, some have heard misleading information about teeth whitening. Today we’d like to set the record straight by addressing some of these concerns and sharing the truth about teeth whitening.
Is whitening toothpaste just as effective as whitening gels?
No. While whitening toothpaste can make teeth appear whiter temporarily, they don’t actually whiten the enamel. Instead, their abrasive properties remove some stains. They’re fine to use occasionally or before a special occasion, but they can cause tooth sensitivity if used for the long term.
Does teeth whitening with bleaching gel harm the enamel?
No. The way teeth whitening gels work is by opening the pores in your enamel and bleaching out any stains that are in those pores. It doesn’t change the enamel, however; eventually, the pores close back up and the enamel is left the way it was before you used the gel.
Can you drink coffee or eat blueberry pie after having teeth whitening?
It depends. If it’s within a few days of the treatment, it’s best to abstain from foods and beverages that are likely to stain your teeth. If it’s been more than that, though, you’re fine to enjoy. Do be aware that even if you don’t go through the teeth whitening treatment, dark-colored foods and drinks can stain your teeth.
Can you use baking soda, lemons, or peroxide to whiten teeth?
This isn’t a good idea. These abrasive substances can damage your enamel, so it’s a much better plan to use an over-the-counter whitening gel, bleaching strips, or a custom bleaching solution from your dentist.
Will teeth whitening make teeth more sensitive?
Maybe. Some people who have sensitive teeth do find that the sensitivity increases with strong bleaching solutions. The best way to combat this is to ask your dentist for their recommendation. Your dentist knows your specific circumstances and will be able to suggest a product that should be effective without making your teeth too sensitive.
If you have questions about teeth whitening or anything else pertaining to your dental health, please give our office a call.