Teeth Whitening Methods: Which One Is Right For You? (Part 2)

This is part two of a two part series on the top 10 myths about teeth whitening.

Continuation of the 1st part of the same topic…

5. You have to use a tooth whitening system for several weeks to see any results.

Although there are some mild strength over-the-counter products available at most drugstores and discount superstores, your dentist offers procedures that require a much shorter length of time to see results. Some in-office whitening procedures can be done in less than an hour. A take-home teeth whitening gel can bring about good results in a matter of days.

6. Cosmetic dental work such as crowns, white tooth fillings, and porcelain veneers in NYC can be whitened with the same whitening agents as regular teeth.

If you have any of these cosmetic dental enhancements in your mouth, they will not whiten to the same shade as the rest of your teeth if you are using a whitening agent. Restorations are unaffected by whitening agents, so be careful with using any of these without consulting your cosmetic dentist. It could result in mismatched teeth colors and having to have your restorations re-done.

7. There are no side effects of tooth whitening.

It’s not uncommon for tooth whitening procedures to cause temporary or permanent tooth sensitivity to hot or cold. It can also cause some gum irritation. Check with your dentist to find out if you would be a good candidate for teeth whitening, or if you would be more susceptible to a side effect.

8. I have dental insurance, so it should cover my tooth whitening.

Since having stained or discolored teeth is not regarded as a dental health problem, your dental insurance will likely not cover it. Most insurances classify teeth whitening in NYC as a cosmetic procedure only. Be prepared to pay out-of-pocket.

9. The teeth whitening kits sold over-the-counter are the same as those sold by my dentist.

Your dentist will fit you for a custom-made mouthpiece that you will wear at night with the tooth whitening gel in it. An over-the-counter tooth whitening tray will not precisely fit your teeth, and therefore may not produce optimal results. No one’s mouth is one-size-fits-all. Additionally, a tooth whitening solution from your dentist will likely be stronger than an over-the-counter tooth whitening gel.

10. Tooth whitening is permanent.

Unfortunately, tooth whitening doesn’t last forever. You will need to use a whitening toothpaste in between whitening treatments, and you will probably require tooth whitening treatments at least annually.


Editor Glassman:

Dr. Steven Glassman practices cosmetic dentistry with his wife Dr. Debra Glassman in their busy NYC Cosmetic Dental Practice. Dr. Glassman is considered among his peers as the dentist’s dentist, traveling all over the world educating other dental professionals in the newest technologies in cosmetic dentistry.