True or False: A Teeth Whitening Quiz

So you want a whiter smile? Everywhere you look there is probably some kind of advertisement or product claiming it can give you a brighter smile. Billboards, TV ads, and even beauty boards on Pinterest all claim to have the secret to achieving the dazzling smile you desire. How do you make sense of it all, and determine what is the best whitening treatment for you? Understanding the benefits and limitations of the various products, home remedies, and professional treatment can help you make a more informed decision about how to best enhance your smile.

Over-the-counter whitening products are very dangerous.

False. Many over-the-counter products that claim to whiten teeth do, in fact, use safe ingredients. That said, they can range widely in effectiveness, and when you overuse any whitening treatment it can cause heightened tooth sensitivity. In some cases, you may even experience extreme discomfort. Whether you are choosing a whitening toothpaste or strips, always look for dental products that carry the American Dental Association’s seal of approval, and be sure to follow the provided directions.

Home remedies for whitening are always safe.

False. Like over-the-counter products, home remedies may be able to lighten your teeth, but they also have potential to damage the enamel of your teeth, particularly with prolonged use. If you are going to try an at-home remedy, make sure you find directions on a credible dental website, then follow those directions to prevent unnecessary sensitivity or enamel damage.

Professional whitening products can lighten teeth by several shades.

True. Professional whitening can lighten teeth by several shades, helping to remove years of stains in a relatively short amount of time. Most patients see full results in two weeks or less.

Professional teeth whitening lasts forever.

False. With great dental hygiene you can enjoy the results of your whitening for several months or even years. That said, most patients will need touch-ups, particularly those who frequently drink coffee, dark teas, etc.

About Your Lake Forest Cosmetic Dentist:

Aside from providing dependable general and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.

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