Debunking 6 Common Teeth Whitening Myths

May 11, 2022

There are many “proven” teeth whitening solutions out there today. A Google search for whitening techniques serves up a variety, ranging from passed-down housewives’ methods to tried-and-tested professional dental procedures.

This information may be helpful to a degree in certain circumstances, but the sheer variety of solutions has resulted in several myths. Some of which could easily confuse you if you’re simply curious about whitening your teeth effectively.

Before giving teeth whitening a try yourself, separate fact from fiction. Here are six common teeth whitening myths:

Teeth Whitening Myths Debunked

  1. Teeth whitening will definitely damage the enamel

Fact: Modern teeth whitening technology is made to whiten your teeth 100% safely, leaving no damage to the enamel. If you work with a professional teeth whitening salon, your enamel is perfectly fine. On the other hand, some of the home remedy techniques people try are guaranteed to damage your teeth’s enamel – and once it’s gone, it’s gone.


  1. Over-the-counter teeth whitening solutions are perfectly safe

Fact: It depends. Teeth whitening products provided over the counter generally have lower amounts of peroxide, which means they’re much less effective and will require many more applications to achieve desired results. If you’re happy to whiten your teeth over a long period, be sure to choose a quality product and apply it properly.

If you buy a substandard product, accidentally apply it to your gums or overuse it, you might end up hurting your teeth. It’s a good thing that Brilliant Smile™ Sweden, our chosen dental care product range, has developed its Whitening Oral Care Regime, complete with instructions to follow. Brilliant Smile™ products deal with surface stains, prevent further teeth discoloration, and look after your oral health.


  1. Stronger teeth bleaching products result in whiter teeth faster

Fact: The active ingredient in teeth whitening solutions is peroxide. This could end up making your teeth more sensitive. Individual teeth whiten at different rates, so you can’t be sure that using a stronger product will whiten your teeth faster.


  1. Teeth whitening results in an unnatural-looking smile

Fact: Teeth whitening is progressive, and if you’re happy with the results after your first treatment, you can stop there. One direct whitening session can actually whiten your teeth by two to nine shades. Of course, you’re welcome to go for additional treatments for an even brighter smile. Our treatments work to restore the original whiteness of your tooth’s enamel prior to discoloration, which depends on your genetics.


  1. Your teeth will stay white forever

Fact: While the teeth whitening effect is permanent, your teeth naturally continue to age and yellow as you grow older. This is where diet and oral hygiene come into play. Maintain your dazzling smile for up to six months after treatment if you brush and floss regularly, reduce your consumption of pigmented food and drinks, and kick the smoking habit. It also helps if you use Brilliant Smile™ oral care products, scheduling follow-up whitening sessions.


  1. DIY teeth whitening is as effective as professional teeth whitening

Fact: There are countless do-it-yourself teeth whitening techniques to try on the Internet today. Unfortunately, none of them match the whitening results that a professional teeth whitening salon can provide. Here’s a rundown of some of the more popular try-if-you-dare tooth whitening techniques:

    • Baking Soda. Baking soda can help you deal with surface stains to a degree, but only providing a slight whitening effect. Using baking soda can actually damage your enamel and lead to cavities if used more than once a week.
    • Hydrogen Peroxide. Peroxide can be found in several teeth whitening products, but in very low doses. Unfortunately, simply swishing a mouthful of it won’t make your teeth any whiter. In fact, you can actually damage your oral tissue.
    • Strawberries and Lemons. These fruits are alleged to whiten teeth, and the slightly brighter smile comes at a cost. They lack peroxide, so won’t provide any true whitening action. Acids from lemons and strawberries can remove plaque and surface debris, but they also soften teeth and cause enamel to erode quicker.


Look after your teeth by choosing a teeth whitening technique that’s backed by science and performed by professionals. Why not drop by The Smile Bar for teeth whitening that is safe, proven, and incredibly convenient? Trust science, not myths.

Our teeth whitening salon uses state-of-the-art whitening technology, developed by Swedish industry leaders Brilliant Smile™. We can also supply you with post-treatment advice and high-quality oral healthcare products to help you maintain your brighter smile for longer. Book a seat with us now!

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