While many of our patients near Bluepoint understand that oral health is critical for overall health, most people admit that they head to the dentist because they want a beautifully white smile. Once your teeth and gums are in good health, we are happy to help with teeth whitening treatments – but we often find that there are misconceptions about teeth whitening that make people hesitant. Here are some tooth whitening facts to put your mind at ease.
Tooth Whitening Fact: Teeth Whitening Hurts or Makes You Sensitive
Teeth whitening is one of the least invasive cosmetic dentistry procedures available, and it does not hurt a bit. However, it is true that your gums and teeth can become sensitive for about 24 hours after the procedure. It is not common or normal for teeth to develop long-term sensitivity after being whitened. This is a big benefit over whitening strips, because at-home products subject your teeth to the hydrogen peroxide that causes sensitivity daily, rather than just once.
Tooth Whitening Fact: The Blue “Laser” Light
When you have a professional teeth whitening procedure, your teeth will have a gel or liquid applied to the surface, and then a blue light will be shone on your teeth. Contrary to popular myth, this is not a laser. It is simply a UV light that breaks down the particles of set-in stains.
Tooth Whitening Fact: You Get a Movie Star Smile
Despite the promises of some cosmetic dentistry professionals, there is no way to use tooth whitening to get a red carpet smile. Our teeth are not naturally white; they are shades of yellow, gray, and brown. Tooth whitening simply removes stains from this natural coloring. Those Hollywood smiles are more often porcelain veneers or dental crowns.