Teeth Whitening Facts vs. Myths

young woman smiles after professional teeth whitening treatments

If you’re considering professional teeth whitening, you’ve probably encountered a slew of information about it online, a lot of which contains myths about whitening treatments. In this blog post, we’re setting the record straight so you can decide if whitening treatment is truly right for you.

Why Do Teeth Become Yellow?

It’s first important to consider why teeth become stained in the first place. There are quite a few reasons why you might experience staining over time, including:

  • Inconsistent oral hygiene
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Maintaining a diet high in sugar and acidic foods and beverages
  • Certain medications
  • Smoking
  • Genetics
  • Aging

In general, most of these are caused by the wearing down of enamel, or the tough outer layer of teeth. Your enamel protects your teeth from becoming stained and wards off decay.

Teeth Whitening Methods

There are two methods to whiten your teeth: the first involves using abrasive substances to help lift surface stains, like activated charcoal. The second involves using chemicals to penetrate the enamel and bleach the layers of your tooth that appear yellow and stained. The latter method is not only more effective, but is safe for your teeth. Even though bleaching agents are absorbed through the enamel, they do not affect the enamel at all (contrary to popular belief!). Abrasive substances, on the other hand, can cause your enamel to erode over time, and they don’t even improve the appearance of stains under the surface.

Professional Teeth Whitening in Overland Park, Kansas

We offer KöR® Whitening Deep Bleaching at Overland Park Family Dental, which is one of the most effective professional whitening systems available. In just one, two-week treatment (consisting of two weeks of at-home whitening followed by one in-office appointment), your teeth can appear up to 16 shades lighter. Best of all, it’s completely safe for those aged 14-90, won’t affect your gums and tongue, and your results can be permanent with consistent brushing and flossing, and consuming staining foods and beverages in moderation!

Take Advantage of Our New Patient Special!

If you are interested in learning more about KöR® Whitening Deep Bleaching, contact our office at 913-439-4311 or schedule an appointment with us online. Be sure to check out our new patient special of $100 off dental care or free take-home whitening! We look forward to seeing you!

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