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Don’t Believe These Myths About Teeth Whitening Marietta, GA

Don’t Believe These Myths About Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening Marietta GA

The Internet is full of “life hacks” and “DIY” formulas. While these solutions can sometimes be helpful, cost-effective and convenient, you can’t trust everything you read on the Internet – especially when it comes to your teeth. For example, teeth whitening gets a lot of attention among people who want to find quick remedies to brighten their smile at minimal expense.

Whether it is a trick posted on social media or your great Aunt’s secret recipe, there are dangers to believing everything you hear about teeth whitening. Even though some opinions may be factual, there are others that can be ineffective and even cause irreversible dental damage.

If you want to lighten the shade of your smile, don’t believe these common myths about teeth whitening:

Baking Soda or Hydrogen Peroxide Can Be Used to Whiten Teeth
Not only will you fail to get whiter teeth, but these products don’t support optimal oral health. Baking soda can disrupt the balance of good and bad bacteria in your mouth and hydrogen peroxide that can damage oral tissues.

Whitening Toothpaste and Whitening Gum Produce Noticeable Results
While these products are marketed as “whitening,” the whitening chemicals that they contain are too weak to produce significant results. Whitening chemicals need to be more concentrated and on the teeth for more than twenty minutes to affect tooth shade.

Professional Whitening Gels and At-Home (OTC) Whitening Gels Are Equal
In most cases, professional whitening gel that you get from your dentist has a much stronger level of carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide, which are the active ingredients that whiten teeth.

The Stronger the Gel the Better the Whitening
Stronger whitening gels do work faster. However, the whitening effect may not last as long and could also include sensitivity and pain. Lower concentration whitening gels can be safer and longer-lasting.

Strawberries and Lemons Can Be Used to Whiten Teeth
There is some factual evidence when it comes to these fruits lightening the color of your teeth. However, the cost is enamel erosion from high amounts of acidity. This can cause permanent damage to your smile and increases your chances for decay, sensitivity and other problems.

Crowns, Fillings and Veneers Can Be Whitened Too
While these restorations can be fabricated in various shades of white, they cannot be bleached or whitened like your natural teeth. If your teeth are whiter than your crowns or veneers, you’ll need to consider replacing them.

Whitening is Safe for Kids
Children’s teeth have living tissue that need to be protected. In most cases, whitening is not recommended for pediatric patients.

The only surefire way to know what is safe and effective in terms of teeth whitening is to consult with your dentist. At Gilreath Dental Associates, we stay at the forefront of the latest teeth whitening products and treatments. Call our office today to learn the most cost-effective method to gain a brighter and more confident smile!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

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Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

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Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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