Three Myths About Teeth Whitening

Are you thinking about whitening your teeth, but myths have you scared to follow through? Here are three popular teeth whitening myths, and the truth about them. Use this information to determine if you are the perfect candidate for this procedure.


It’s Unsafe


This is one of the most common myths associated with the teeth whitening procedure. The entire process is painless, and you will be monitored until after the procedure is done. The in-office procedure is safe and controlled. Patients receive low-doses of bleaching agents, which is one of the reasons why in-office teeth whitening is the safest form of teeth bleaching. Carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide are two of the most common types of chemicals used to whiten your teeth, and neither possesses any harmful mixtures that hurt the teeth or gums. These chemicals do not put you in danger of any diseases, including oral cancer.


The trays used during the teeth whitening procedure will fit your teeth exactly. The bleach will stay in isolated contact with your teeth, without harming the tooth enamel. Every 15-30 minutes, the bleaching gel will be suctioned and washed off, and then fresh gel will be applied to the esthetic zone of your teeth. The gels used at Smiles of Melbourne have been regulated, and they help to assure complete safety as you go through the teeth whitening process, including the rigorous testing procedures.

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Teeth Whitening Results Last Forever


The truth is that teeth whitening is not permanent. You have to work to keep your teeth clean. The foods and beverages that you consume will stain your teeth, which makes keeping them white a lifelong commitment. The color of your teeth will depend upon their unique mineral composition. This will vary from person-to-person. How well you clean your teeth is also a factor as to how many times you will need to have the teeth whitening procedure done.


After you have finished the teeth whitening process, you will need to continue practicing good oral hygiene to keep your teeth white. Regular whitening maintenance will need to be done throughout the year, as well as visits to your dentist every three to six months. If you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or red wine, you should consider using teeth whitening kits, in addition to frequent visits and great oral hygiene. Smiles of Melbourne has the perfect teeth whitening kits available to help keep your teeth white, and your smile bright. The kits help protect your teeth from everyday staining, and enhance the teeth whitening procedure.

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Anyone can do It


While everyone would love to use this procedure to whiten their teeth, it is not suited for all. The best candidates for teeth whitening are over the age of 18, and they have healthy teeth. You are also a good candidate if your teeth do not have any fillings, and your gums are healthy. If your teeth have yellow tones, you will respond better to teeth whitening. If you are allergic to peroxide, you should not use any bleaching products. Pregnant women, and females who are lactating, should refrain from having the teeth whitening procedure done.


Since teenagers (at least 16 years of age) likely have teeth that have yet to emerge, the procedure should only be done if approved by a dentist. It is likely that teens have some of their first teeth remaining. If teeth whitening is done before a full set of adult teeth have emerged, it could cause white tips and darkening towards the teen’s gum line. The surrounding teeth could become different colors if they are whitened ahead of time. Both of these situations are hard to rectify, which is why you should consult with us before your teenager has the teeth whitening procedure done.


Do not let these teeth whitening myths stop you from having whiter teeth. Instead, use them to help you decide if this is the best option for you. This is a safe process with proven results. Contact Smiles of Melbourne today to begin the teeth whitening process. We also have teeth whitening kits that can be purchased to help you maintain those white teeth and bright smile. All of our treatments are done by a dentist, and you could begin noticing results within an hour.

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