Whitening Myths Busted

Everyone wants a beautiful, healthy-looking smile. Sometimes brushing just isn’t enough to get rid of coffee stains and other discoloration on our teeth. To get that bright, white, camera-ready smile, people turn to many different remedies—both legitimate and illegitimate. So, how can consumers be sure that the teeth-whitening treatment they choose will be both safe and effective?


The first step is separating the truth from the fiction! There are many myths about teeth whitening that prevent people from getting the proper treatment they deserve. If you want to be sure you’ve got all the facts about teeth whitening, give Discover Dental a call today at 713-997-9390 for a free consultation. In the meantime, let’s review some of the worst fake news circulating about teeth whitening:


Myth #1: Whitening toothpaste and strips are just as good as whitening from your dentist.


Busted: While “whitening” toothpastes, chewing gums, and other products have whitening chemicals in them, they are far too weak to have the same effect as a professional whitening. Discover Dental provides whitening services that are much more powerful and permanent, along with a plan customized for you.


Myth #2: Teeth whitening will make your teeth look fake.


Busted: Natural teeth aren’t exactly white. They’re yellowish, and that color comes from within. It can’t be bleached away. Teeth whitening removes stains and discoloration, but your teeth can’t be bleached until they’re the same color as a sheet of paper. Celebrities with perfectly white teeth are assisted by either Photoshop or veneers.


Myth #3: Teeth whitening lasts forever.


Busted: If only! There is no stopping the aging process, and coffee, wine, and cigarettes can still stain your teeth even after they’ve been whitened. In truth, professional teeth whitening lasts about two years, but the bright whiteness begins to fade after about 2–3 months.


Myth #4: Tooth whitening harms your enamel.


Busted: Whitening doesn’t remove or damage any enamel. Teeth whitening works by opening the pores of your teeth and allowing a cleaning agent, specifically peroxide, to get into the inner structure and clean our stains. Those pores close again after a little while.


Myth #5: Professional whitening gel and at-home whitening gel are the same.


Busted: All teeth-whitening gels contain different levels of carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient that whitens your teeth. Professional whitening gel tends to be far stronger than at-home whitening gel, not to mention applied better! You’ll notice the results from your dentist right away.


Are you ready to book your teeth-whitening appointment with Discover Dental? We’re conveniently located in the Heights, inside the coolest office in town! Contact us today to set up a consultation with our staff!