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Myths About Teeth Whitening

Posted on 3/22/2021 by Louis McDonald, D.D.S.
Myths About Teeth WhiteningWhen people invest in teeth whitening, they may not always get the desired results. This is usually because of myths surrounding teeth whitening which lead consumers to ineffective products and dangerous methods. Others don't take the plunge because of the misinformation they're being fed. In this article, we're tackling these myths so that you can make an informed decision based on reliable information.

Veneers And Crowns Can Be Whitened

Teeth whitening may work on your natural teeth but does not work on crowns and veneers since these are made of porcelain. However, this doesn't mean that you can't have a bright smile – we advise patients to get their teeth whitened before getting crowns and veneers so that all teeth match. If you opt for whitening later, Dr. Louis McDonald and Dr. McDonald can always replace the existing crows and veneers.

Teeth Whitening Is Permanent

Teeth Whitening may give you a bright smile, but these results don't last forever. However, lifestyle choices affect the speed at which teeth discolor. Natural aging and buildup of plaque will still cause discoloration, but habits like smoking and drinking excessive amounts of coffee and wine will result in accelerated discoloration. To make your results last longer, it's imperative that you practice good oral hygiene.

While it's true that professional teeth whitening lasts longer than over-the-counter kits, you still need touch-ups. Luckily, here at McDonald Dental, we can take care of this for you!

Whitening Teeth Damages Tooth Enamel

While some products can lead to tooth enamel being damaged, this is not the case with professional teeth whitening. Over-the-counter products may not be regulated and household methods like mixing baking soda and hydrogen peroxide and rinsing with apple cider vinegar are a recipe for disaster. At McDonald Dental, we use safe methods to ensure that this doesn't happen.

Now that we've busted these myths, you can take action. If you're interested in teeth whitening, contact us at (346) 250-3575 to set up an appointment.

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