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The myths of teeth whitening debunked

There are numerous myths about the teeth whitening that people believe. We get numerous patients in our New Hyde Park clinic who want to know more about teeth whitening. Is whitening bad for your enamel? Can it be done at home? Is it necessary to get teeth whitened professionally? We, at North Island Dental Arts are here to answer all the questions and burst the long-standing myths about teeth whitening.

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Why do teeth turn yellow?

While there are drinks that can stain your teeth, but the true reason of yellowing teeth is a bit deeper. Underneath the enamel (the outer layer of teeth) is a yellow core known as dentin. With natural aging, scuff, grinding teeth and eating acidic food, the enamel wears off and the yellow dentin gets closer to the surface. This makes teeth look more yellow and stained. Genetics play a big part in the thickness of enamel and yellowness of dentin.

What are methods of whitening the teeth?

There are two methods of teeth whitening. The first one is using the product that has bleaching ingredients that can penetrate the enamel and dentin and make the teeth white. The second option is removing the superficial stains from the teeth by opting for the ‘whitening’ toothpaste and ‘whitening’ strips.

What is the method that should be adopted?

Using the professional product with bleaching ingredients is better than the second method. It is long lasting, effective and is less damaging than the whitening products. The problem with the second option is that it will remove the superficial stains and will not work on the yellowness of the dentin. If used incorrectly, it can damage your gums and enamel. Our experts advise you to opt for the professional teeth whitening procedure in NY.

Can hydrogen peroxide be used to whiten the teeth?

We strongly advise against using hydrogen peroxide to whiten your teeth. After coming in contact with the live tissue such as your gums and inside of the mouth, it causes radical reactions which can age the live tissue.

What about the natural teeth whitening methods?

While acidic fruits such as strawberries and lemon do whiten the teeth for a short time, the acid in them eats away the enamel. These remedies do not work and affect the dental health.

One of the best ways to whiten the teeth for a long time is to opt for the whitening treatment. Along with that, you should:

  1. Brush your teeth twice a day.

  2. Brush at least for 2 mins.

  3. Avoid brushes with medium or hard bristles.

Are you looking for teeth whitening in Garden City NY, call us at: 516-616-4800 to book an appointment. We are renowned experts in teeth whitening in Garden City.

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