Top 4 myths about whitening your teeth

WE all love a bright, dazzling smile. Not only does it look great, but it can also help boost your self-confidence. When it comes to teeth whitening there are many ways to go about it and even more myths associated with the process.

More often than not however, these are myths and not reality, so we have enlisted the help of Dr Sue Cartwright, Scientific Affairs Manager for Colgate Oral Care, to debunk some of the leading concerns around teeth whitening.

Top 4 Myths

1. You can only achieve satisfactory whitening results from a dentist

While it's true that a dentist will be able to offer more effective results in tooth whitening, there are also many at-home and affordable alternatives available, which will also offer great results. These are available in products as simple as toothpaste, which can be applied daily for ongoing improvements resulting in whiter teeth.

We recommend using Colgate Optic White Express White, Colgate's fastest whitening toothpaste ever.

2. Teeth whitening chemicals are unsafe and will damage the enamel

The whitening ingredient used by dentists is Hydrogen Peroxide, a bleaching agent that is also used in some home whitening products. In-home products contain a low level of Hydrogen Peroxide that is considered safe for daily use and does not damage tooth enamel. Generally, Hydrogen Peroxide used in whitening products is considered safe if used correctly.

3. You're not allowed to drink coffee or wine

Following your usual diet won't completely stop at-home whitening products from having an effect, however the results won't be as good for people who are smokers or drink a lot of tea/coffee.

4. It's painful and increases sensitivity

At-home whitening treatments sold in Australia are regulated by the ACCC to contain low levels of the active whitening ingredient, Hydrogen Peroxide.

Currently, products sold within Australia must contain less than 6% hydrogen peroxide so always check the label before purchasing any products, particularly if you're purchasing online or from overseas where regulations can be different.

Some people may experience tooth sensitivity or gum discomfort when using whitening products. This discomfort is usually temporary and not harmful. If you experience more than mild tooth sensitivity, stop use and consult your dentist.

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