Clapham dentist, Dr Nicola Ogilvie, explains the reality behind these misconceptions.
One of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments at the Confidental Clinic is the teeth whitening procedure.
There are many likely reasons for this, including immediacy of results and the fact that it is one of the most cost effective ways of giving your smile a significant boost.
Teeth whitening is also popular with celebrities, and this inevitably means that it will often receive a fair amount of media coverage. Unfortunately, not all celebrities are able to keep themselves out of the headlines, sometimes for the wrong reasons. This makes them easy targets for the media who will then often look for ways of portraying them even more badly. This often includes any beauty and cosmetic dental treatments that they may have had, especially where they have gone from dark smokers teeth to dazzling white ones.
With the media coverage often comes a number of half truths, and sometimes outright lies about this treatment. To help to counteract these, we take a look at some of the more common ones below.
Teeth whitening is painful
In all probability you will have read of someone who has been in pain following this treatment. I think that it is safe to say that this has never been the case for any of our Clapham patients. It is true that the teeth whitening procedure can cause temporary additional sensitivity for a few patients but this is not ‘painful’ as such and usually only lasts a few days. If someone has suffered genuine pain, they have probably used an illegal whitening outlet that has used a far stronger whitening solution than is safe. Never risk this. Only registered dentists are now able to provide this treatment.
It damages your teeth