When it comes to teeth whitening, there are many different “at home” techniques that are commonly known. But do these techniques really work? Here is a list of a few popular methods that many believe are true, but actually aren’t.
Myth: “Use Baking Soda to Whiten Your Teeth.” If you try to use baking soda to whiten your teeth, nothing will really happen except that the number of good bacteria to bad bacteria in your mouth will change. There is no difference in overall teeth color.
Myth: “Rinsing Your Mouth with Hydrogen Peroxide Will Give You Pearly Whites.” When hydrogen peroxide comes into contact with tissue, it causes a reaction that ages tissue.
Myth: “The Strongest Teeth Whitening Gel is the Best.” A stronger teeth whitening gel is not always the best option. Sure, it may whiten your teeth quicker but the results will not last as long and there may be an increase in sensitivity and pain. It is better to use a gel that is not as strong because it will be safer for you and the results will last longer.
Myth: “Using Whitening Toothpaste and Chewing on Whitening Gum to Help With the Process.” Teeth whitening toothpaste and gum may have some whitening chemicals in them, but the amount is so small and weak that there will be no effect. In order for a change in color, teeth whitening solutions need to be in constant contact on your teeth for at least 20 minutes.
They Will Stay That Way Forever
Myth: “Once Teeth are Whitened, They Will Stay That Way Forever.” The color change is permanent, but the teeth will slowly start to turn yellow because of the aging process. Teeth whitening touch ups will be needed to help maintain the desired color.
Lemons and Strawberries
Myth: “Lemons and Strawberries Can Be Used to Help With Teeth Whitening.” They might whiten your teeth but at a cost. The acid from lemons and strawberries will eat away at the enamel on your teeth making them weaker.
Myth: ” Teeth Whitening Can Be Done No Matter What Age You Are.” Whitening children’s teeth may cause damage to living tissue in their teeth, so it is best to wait.
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