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Tooth Whitening Fact or Fiction

A nice, bright smile is important. It makes a great impression and is a vital part of your self-confidence. With a plethora of tooth-whitening treatments on the market and each one guaranteeing the whitest teeth possible, how do you separate fact from fiction?

Fact: Not All Tooth Whitening Claims Are True

The truth is that many of these products do not, in fact, deliver a brilliant white smile. In fact, some can be downright dangerous. Some of the chemicals involved, while technically safe and allowed for these uses by the FDA, can cause damage to your teeth and gums if used improperly — and can be very harmful if accidentally digested. These tooth-whitening products should be used only as directed, but many people time their treatments incorrectly or use too much or too little of the whitening agent.

Fiction: Whitening Teeth at Home Will Give You a Bright, White Smile

Another problem area with tooth-whitening products can be traced to toothpastes that advertise a whiter, brighter smile. While these products technically lighten stained teeth, the amount of whitening you will achieve with them can be much less than what you may expect based on advertisements. Even if you use tooth whiteners as directed and brush twice a day, these pastes will not be able to give you that white smile without help from your dentist or other whitening products.

Fact: The Best Tooth Whitening Solution is a Visit to the Dentist

The best solution is to have your teeth whitened by a licensed professional dentist. While the cost may be higher, the best tooth whitening isn’t a do-it-yourself endeavor. Your dentist or dental hygienist will be able to whiten your smile in a safe, effective and efficient way. At the very least, speak to your dental professional for a recommendation, as he’s likely had experience with or has knowledge of most of the products available. A dentist-recommended product might also be much safer than anything that you can obtain in the dental aisle of your local supermarket.

Keep Tooth Whitening Expectations Realistic

The most important thing to remember when buying and using a tooth-whitening kit or similar products is to have reasonable expectations. Most of the products and services will have a chart to which you can refer, designed to inform you how many shades lighter their product will make your teeth. If your teeth are very stained and yellow, your results figure to be less encouraging than someone whose teeth were in better condition to start the process.

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