January 17, 2018
As you age, it is natural for your teeth to start to turn yellow or brown. Over the years, your enamel will become thinner, making your smile more prone to discoloration. In addition, the foods and drinks you consume, poor dental hygiene, and bad habits, like smoking, can accelerate the rate of staining. To reverse the dark appearance, your cosmetic dentist in Coral Gables offers professional whitening treatments. However, you may be hesitant to give them a try due to certain myths you have heard. To shed light on the facts, here are the most common myths you may hear about the treatments.
Myth: They Cause Damage to the Teeth
In the past, there was a concern over the safety of whitening treatments as they caused erosion of the enamel and gum tissue. However, over the years, several advancements have been made to improve the safety and effectiveness of the whitening agents. A special formula of hydrogen peroxide in the whitening gels now drastically reduces the potential for damaging effects, as well as side effects of the procedure, such as tooth sensitivity.
Myth: The Results are Permanent
Professional teeth whitening in Coral Gables is an excellent solution to get your teeth several shades whiter. While the treatments are designed to offer long-term results, they are not permanent. However, you can promote the longevity of your new smile by maintaining your dental hygiene and stopping the use of tobacco. In addition, it is best to limit your contact with stain-causing foods and drinks, like coffee, tea, and berries. We also recommend to use touch up gel with your customized trays once a month.
Myth: Professional Whitening is the Same as OTC Products
Professional teeth whitening treatments are far different than those you can buy at your local convenience store, which is why the results are so drastic. Over-the-counter products do not contain professional-grade whitening agents. As a result, they cannot deeply penetrate the enamel, which is why they do not offer noticeable or lasting results. On the other hand, treatments from your dentist contain a high concentration of the whitening agents, allowing stubborn discoloration to fade to get your smile several shades whiter. You can also get uneven whitening since they are not customized and cause increase in sensitivity.
Myth: Multiple Treatments are Needed
Due to advancements in whitening treatments, you often do not require more than one session. You will achieve the results you want in as little as one appointment. However, there may be times when your dentist recommends multiple sessions to give you the optimal results. We have found combining at home whitening with customized trays followed by in office whitening to be the most effective.
Get a Bright Smile Today
Professional teeth whitening is an excellent means to restore your confidence with beautiful white teeth. If you are ready to combat discoloration, contact your dentist to see if you are a candidate.
About Dr. Jose A. Bushdid
Dr. Jose A. Bushdid received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. In addition, he has completed extensive training in an array of specialty services, including cosmetic procedures. Due to his vast experience and qualifications, he helps patients achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. If you have any questions regarding professional whitening treatments, please contact Bushdid Smiles to schedule a consultation.
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