How and When to whiten your teeth

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How and When to whiten your teeth

Not passing that “tissue test” we all see on the TV ads for do-it-yourself teeth whiteners?  Well, you are not alone.  Moreover, if you’ve tried some of these home remedies and found yourself disappointed with the results you also aren’t alone.  This misinformation about tactics for brightening your smile is overwhelming and in fact, the only real solution is in your dentist’s chair where meaningful and safe methods are used.

So, let’s talk myths and teeth whitening.  If you want a nice bright smile you are going to need to know the difference between myth and fact, here are a few.

Using Baking Soda to whiten your teeth:

This simply doesn’t work.  What’s worse is baking soda can mess up the bacteria in your mouth.  You need certain bacteria for a healthy mouth and baking soda is not its friend!

San Diego Teeth WhiteningHydrogen Peroxide gets you a shiny white smile:

But it doesn’t.  Not only does this stuff taste terrible, it does more harm than good.  It actually ages the tissue in your mouth so bad taste and old gums is not a winning formula.

Whitening Toothpaste or Chewing Gum

Yea the commercials are nice.  Always good-looking people with the big happy smiles and they say how they got it from chewing minty gum or their whitening toothpaste.  The reality here is there are not strong enough to make a noticeable difference.  Even if you spend hours brushing your teeth, these are gimmicks, not remedies.

There is no difference between Professional and At-Home Whitening Gel

All teeth whitening gels have varying levels of whitening chemicals.  Professional whitening gel tends to be stronger then at-home whitening gel.

The Stronger the better:

Stronger is not always better in the same way bigger isn’t always better.  If you go with a whitening cocktail that is too strong it can actually cause pain and may not have the lasting effect you are expecting.

Once White Always White:

Nada!  You’re getting older, so are your teeth.  You’re still going to eat, food has color and some of it will stick to your teeth especially coffee, tea, soda and red wine.  Don’t despair, just understand that like a great many things, having white teeth is a process and requires maintenance.  

Fruit is the solution

Certain fruits can help but there is a tradeoff.  The natural acids in fruits eat away at your enamel. Less enamel means fewer teeth.   So, we aren’t saying not to eat fruit, just don’t consider it a whitening program.

UV Light Speeds Up the White

No proof whatsoever to support this method speeding up the process. There is, however, evidence that UV rays can harm tissue in your mouth and face.

Crowns and Veneers

Cannot be whitened.  Gels work on natural teeth.  If you want your crowns and veneers to match, you need to replace them.

Whitening at any age

Typically, not good for kids as they could damage tissues while whitening.  If your child has an issue, go see a dentist.

Don’t get fooled by these teeth whitening myths. Your smile is important and you shouldn’t look for do-it-yourself solutions.  Be smart and consult your dentist for a solution that will work for you.

McBride Dental is all about providing our patients with quality dentistry, an exceptional experience, and great comfort. We work hard to protect and preserve your natural teeth, and when necessary, replace your missing teeth with beautiful, long-lasting restorations to give you the confident smile you deserve.

When you visit our practice, you can expect to enjoy our signature blend of a warm, comfortable environment and the latest dental technologies.  Contact us at 760-471-1003.


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