We all want pearly white teeth, and with modern dentistry, we can achieve just that. However, it’s easy to get carried away and end up doing more harm than good. Teeth whitening mistakes – they exist! Especially with all the DIY whitening hacks and misinformation on the internet. So, we’re here to bust those myths and tell you what works. At Dental on York, we offer two types of professional teeth whitening, which we will also touch on.
In this article, we discuss the top three teeth whitening mistakes that people make.
Common teeth whitening mistakes
There are plenty of tips and tricks you can do at home to help whiten your teeth. But some simply do not work. Apart from not working some of these things can actually do lasting damage to your teeth. So, let’s jump into the top three teeth whitening mistakes:
Overusing whitening toothpaste
There are plenty of whitening toothpastes on the market. Some of them work quite well however they should not be used every day. Many whitening toothpastes contain bleaching agents that can damage your teeth when overused. Don’t worry, you don’t need to bin your favourite whitening toothpaste- just switch between it and regular toothpaste.
There are other whitening toothpastes with rough abrasive ingredients such as charcoal. These are added in to give your teeth the smooth, shiny finish but can be quite damaging. Charcoal and other abrasives can scratch away the enamel on your teeth. This can lead to tooth decay and gum recession. So, use them sparingly (or not at all).
Brushing with baking soda
We’ve probably all heard the old wives’ tale that brushing with baking soda can whiten your teeth. It’s not the most effective whitening tool, in fact, we wouldn’t recommend trying it. Household baking soda is quite harsh and can damage your tooth’s surface. This can make your teeth prone to sensitivity and other long-lasting oral health issues.
Using lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
Lemon juice may lighten your hair, but it won’t do the same for your teeth. This is 100% a myth! Acidic liquids like citrus juice and apple cider vinegar can cause dental erosion. These types of liquids are listed as being damaging to your teeth. Dentists recommend limiting intake for people with weakened or sensitive teeth.
Avoid teeth whitening mistakes with these tips
Hopefully, we haven’t scared you away, there are plenty of ways to whiten your teeth safely and effectively. Let’s discuss some tips and tricks for healthy teeth whitening:
Consult your dentist first
It’s easy to get swept up in the teeth whitening trends but you should try to consult your dentist first. Your dentist can examine the health of your teeth and let you know what products to use and what to steer clear of. They may even be able to recommend a safer and more effective alternative.
This is especially important if you have veneers, crowns, implants, or fillings. Some whitening products can damage those devices or make them darker in colour (which is not what you want).
Follow teeth whitening instructions
If you’ve purchased an at-home teeth whitening kit from your dentist, they will have given you specific instructions. It’s important that you follow these to prevent damaging your teeth. Don’t be tempted to leave the bleaching agent in for any longer than your dentist recommended.
Follow teeth whitening aftercare instructions
When getting professional in-chair teeth whitening it’s important to follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions. This includes avoiding staining food and drinks for 24 hours after the procedure. You may also find your teeth are more sensitive for the first 24 to 48 hours so you may need to be careful when exposing them to extreme temperatures.
Teeth whitening in Sydney CBD
Now that you know the most common teeth whitening mistakes you may be wondering how to get a pearly white smile. Don’t worry, Dental on York has you covered! We offer both in-chair and at-home teeth whitening services. Call us to learn more or book an appointment today.