Teeth Whitening Facts vs. Myths

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Even if you brush and floss well and visit the dentist every six months, your teeth might not be as white as you like. There are whitening products you can buy, but what are the facts on teeth whitening? Here are the things you need to know:

Teeth Get Yellow for a Few Reasons

Your teeth change color for a handful of reasons. One is simply getting older. As we age, our teeth’s enamel gets thinner. A layer called dentin shows through. Dentin has a naturally darker color than enamel. Tooth enamel also wears down because of acidic foods, sugar, and damage from teeth grinding. Surface stains are another reason for discoloration. Foods like tomato sauce, wine, coffee, and tea are known to stain. Brushing, professional cleaning, and teeth whitening can remove surface stains.

Whitening Toothpaste Doesn’t Work Very Well

Whitening toothpaste is cheaper than other whitening products, but the fact is toothpaste doesn’t work that well. While some contain bleach, whitening toothpaste doesn’t stay on your teeth long enough to remove deep stains. The kind with more abrasive ingredients can even damage your teeth by rubbing too hard. You are better off using a regular ADA-approved toothpaste for surface stains.

Whitening Strips Work Better Than Toothpaste, But They’re Still Not reat

Besides toothpaste, stores also sell whitening strips or trays. These can be a little more effective because they stay on your teeth for a longer time. However, because the gel isn’t professional-strength, strips and trays only do so much. Another downside is tooth sensitivity and gum irritation.

Professional Teeth Whitening Gives the Best Results

For a truly white smile, professional whitening is the way to go. At Jones Creek Family Dentistry, we use a powerful gel that gets into the pores of your enamel, removing deep stains. Dr. Jones customizes each step of the process from the tray to the gel concentration to the number of applications. If you want a whiter, brighter smile in the comfort of your own home, please contact our Baton Rouge office for a consultation!

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