Teeth whitening has surged in popularity over the last few years, and because of this many people have started to trial various means to achieve their pearly whites.

However, there are many methods that don’t have the desired effects, and can actually do more damage than good. Smileboost have put together a list of common misconceptions when it comes to teeth whitening to help you treat your teeth the way they deserve.

Whitening Toothpastes

Whitening toothpastes are filling up supermarket shelves, but they’re not as effective as you might think. It can appear to slightly whiten teeth by eliminating surface stains caused by smoking or coffee, for example. However, they are unable to alter the natural tooth colour or a stain deeper than the surface.

Fruits

Using acidic fruits such as strawberries and lemons to whiten teeth is effective to an extent. The acid present in the fruits can lighten your teeth, but they do this by wearing away the enamel layers on your teeth which can cause permanent damage.

Baking Soda

Similar to whitening toothpastes, baking soda can remove surface stains that are results of lifestyle choices such as smoking and drinking coffee. However, it can damage the enamel which can cause teeth to become overly sensitive, and heightens the risk of cavities.

Long lasting effects

Many people believe that once you’ve had your teeth whitened, it lasts forever. Whilst it is true that the colour change is permanent, the ageing process continues which means that your teeth will carry on turning yellow. Most people are likely to require touch-ups to maintain whitening.

No home method is as effective as professional teeth whitening treatments, so if you are looking for a safe and efficient whitening method, the dentist’s office is the number one place to go.

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