Having white teeth is something that most people do strive for. You want your teeth to look clean, unstained, and at least a natural white shade. This can lead you to search out teeth whitening as an option. Unfortunately, there are several resources on social media that are based on misconceptions. These misconceptions can actually lead to you causing issues with your oral health including sensitive teeth. Here are some of those misconceptions that dentists want you to know and what you need to know about each one.

One Visit Is All You Need

There is a huge misconception that all you need is one visit to reach the shade of white that you are looking for. The truth is, most teeth whitening that is done professionally in a dental office takes several treatments to reach the desired shade. There will also be further treatments to maintain that shade. In other words, there is no quick fix that will bring you to the shade you want, but you can see results within the first appointment and then in ongoing appointments as well. If you are concerned about how many visits will be required, and the total cost of those visits, you can discuss this with your dentist to work out a feasible treatment plan.

All Natural Scrubs Work Best

You may be looking for a way to keep your teeth whiter between teeth whitening visits with your dentist. There is a misconception that using natural scrubs at home can help. The truth with this is that natural scrubs are generally made of charcoal or baking soda. Though you may see a noticeable shade difference when you use them, they can have side effects. These side effects can break down the enamel on your teeth causing sensitivity that will require dental intervention. You may also end up increasing the chance of cavities and tooth decay due to the abrasive breakdown of the enamel. Instead, ask your dentist for a recommendation for a paste or whitening gel.

At Home Whitening is the Same as Professional

One of the largest misconceptions about teeth whitening is that at home options are equal to the professional ones offered by dentists. The truth is that more damage can be sustained from home whitening kits. These can include mouth burns from the whitening chemical, mouth sores, gum irritation, and enamel breakdown. Professional options are overseen by a dentist and can be adjusted for your needs. This means a reduced chance in oral health issues as well as a slow build up to the shade you want, which can be safer.

By keeping these misconceptions, and the truth about them, in mind you can avoid hurting your oral health and still reach your whitening goals. If you are ready to move forward, seek out a consultation with your dentist for pricing and treatment plan options.