The desire for a perfect set of sparkling white teeth is not exclusive to modern times. Over 4,000 years ago Egyptians applied a mixture of vinegar and ground pumice to achieve their tooth whitening goals. Ancient Romans used urine, until that practice was abandoned. At one point even nitric acid was employed.

Teeth whitening is now the most popular and affordable of all cosmetic dental procedures. Since it is so commonplace, the Dentists at Addison Dental would like to clear up some of the prevailing misconceptions before you take your first steps to getting that dazzling smile.

What You Need To Know Before Getting Your Teeth Whitened

Myth: The chemicals used for tooth whitening cause cancer.

Fact: This is perhaps the most frightening myth surrounding teeth whitening because people associate the word chemicalwith cancer. The active ingredient used to whiten teeth is hydrogen peroxide, which is not only safe but it has the ADA Seal of Acceptance. The biggest difference between dentist provided whitening and over the counter kits is the percentage of hydrogen peroxide used. The advantage to consulting with the professionals at Addison Dental in Addison, IL is that the process will be quicker and results will be more dramatically visible in a much shorter period of time.

Myth: Whitening products will make the teeth sensitive.

Fact: Dealing with sensitive teeth can be painful which is why consulting with the professionals at Addison Dental before any procedure is important. Depending on what you want to accomplish and the condition of your teeth, higher or lower concentrations of the bleaching agents will be used. Any sensitivity experienced is usually temporary. Taking an over the counter anti-inflammatory before the procedure will help as well as using lukewarm water for the prescribed period after the procedure. The professionals at Addison Dental want your experience to be pain free and enjoyable, so there is no reason to be concerned about tooth sensitivity after your whitening procedure.

Myth: Whitening will harm the tooth enamel.

Fact: The truth is that regular consumption of cola drinks will do more harm to the tooths enamel than any whitening product will. Whitening products do not damage the enamel. The bleaching agents used only work on the surface of the tooth and are not strong enough to penetrate deep enough to cause any damage to the enamel. This is the reason that deep stains such as those caused by the antibiotic Tetracycline do not respond easily to whitening, because those stains are usually too deep to reach. Consulting with your dentist at Addison Dental will relieve any worries about your enamel. You can protect your enamel by abstaining from acidic beverages!

Working with the professionals at Addison Dental in Addison, IL you will be reassured of getting the bleaching product that is right for you. Whether you choose an office or home course of treatment, it is important to have a thorough oral exam. This is important if you have many fillings, crowns, veneers or very deep and dark stains. Teeth whitening is safe when done properly, after consulting with your dentist.