There is a lot of information out there regarding teeth whitening and we’re here to set the record straight. We think it’s important we can break down common misconceptions surrounding the procedure, its durability and alternatives.
Crowns and veneers can be whitened alongside your natural teeth.
This is incorrect; a myth! Whitening gels are designed solely to be used on natural teeth. The whitening gel works on oxidation, essentially lifting stains away. This means it cannot be used on crowns or veneers. Crown and veneer replacement is the common alternative to match the brightness of your newly whitened natural teeth.
One treatment will ensure teeth stay bright forever
Teeth whitening is not a one-off procedure but it can last for years. However, this varies from patient to patient. Durability depends on the treatment and causes of discolouration, including whether you smoke, drink wine, coffee and tea and some foods which are known to cause staining. These are items it is suggested you cut down on once you have had the whitening treatment. The procedure doesn’t need to be necessarily fully repeated and instead, touch-ups can be performed to correct slight discolouration on the teeth.
Coconut oil removes stains
This is a myth, a home solution where you swill around coconut oil in your mouth, supposedly achieving a reduction in staining on the teeth. Coconut is great for cooking and of course works brilliantly in moisturisers, yet there is no scientific research to support a reduction in staining after using coconut oil.
You can just use domestic bleach in your home
Absolutely not! There has been talk of this on social media. This practise is dangerous and must be avoided. Undiluted bleach, or bleach which has been diluted by guesswork or on the advice of an amateur, should never be applied to any part of your body, let alone the teeth, which risk severe damage to the soft tissue of your gums, cheeks and tongue, damage which may be irreversible and which you will have to live with for your whole lifetime.
Over the counter and professional teeth whitening treatments have the same effect.
Over the counter alternatives are not as long-lasting as professional teeth whitening treatments. To elaborate,professional teeth whitening provides a deeper clean, lifting more stains and leaving a brighter, longer lasting finish. Over the counter alternatives are not as thorough in removing staining because there are legal limits on the strength of the product which are much lower than those a dentist is authorised to use.
It’s important that you have all of the correct relevant information when considering the investment of teeth whitening and what it entails. Check out our many other blog posts to find out more and have all your questions answered. You owe it to yourself to find the right solution for you.