The complexities of dental issues and dental procedures can be difficult to understand. It makes sense that there’s always incorrect information being passed from one person to the next. The trouble is, most of the time it seems like the false information travels faster than the facts. This makes it harder to share true oral care info that people actually need, which is why we’re always working to educate our patients and the public. Read this informative blog post to learn the truth about a trio of dental myths.

Definition of Healthy Teeth

How do you define a healthy set of teeth? Is it their color, their shape, or their alignment? Let’s examine one of the common myths about what makes for healthy teeth.

Myth: “White teeth are healthy teeth.”
The truth: It is a common misconception that teeth that are pearly white are healthy. People don’t have the same natural color for their teeth, so having white teeth isn’t the standard for good oral health. Natural tooth color varies in lightness and is especially dependent on our age. It doesn’t mean that a person has better oral hygiene if they have whiter teeth than another. Primary indications of good oral health are zero cavity and fresh breath. Read more at Modern Day Smiles…

As you see, a person may have discolored, but healthy teeth, while another has white teeth that are softening with decay. Things aren’t always what they seem.

Teeth Whitening Myths

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Anyone who has been planning to work on their “brownish” teeth is likely to have come across very inaccurate information. Here are some of the common myths:

Myth #1: You can whiten crowns, veneers, and fillings.
Unfortunately, anything in your mouth which isn’t natural tooth enamel cannot be whitened and won’t respond to the whitening process. This means you could end up with uneven coloring if you go several shades whiter.

Myth #2: Oil pulling removes stains.
Swishing your mouth with edible oil, such as coconut or EVO for a few minutes to whiten your teeth seems like an old wives’ tale. While there is plenty of anecdotal evidence suggesting it works, as a long term dentist in Orlando we’ve not seen any scientific proof of this. Read more at Dr Marcano…

The internet is full of suggestions for DIY teeth whitening. They range from offering limited benefits to being actively harmful. Don’t even consider these home remedies because they’re not worth the risk. Seek out professional teeth whitening from a dentist for excellent results.

Myths about Porcelain Veneers

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Porcelain veneers are the quickest and simplest means to a beautiful smile makeover. However, there are a few myths that keep some patients from upgrading their smile with this method. We invite you to read the info below and learn the facts about veneers:

Myth 1: Porcelain Veneers Require Huge Maintenance
Fact: Some people are under the impression that the results they get with veneers will last long, only when an extensive maintenance regime is followed. Absolutely not!

Once you get porcelain veneers, all you have to do to keep them in top shape, is to regularly brush and floss as you normally would. There are special toothpastes available that may help your veneers last longer, but regular toothpastes will suffice as well. Read more at Cure Dental…

If you’re ready for a brilliant new smile, porcelain veneers should definitely be on your radar. Dr. Robert Harrell at Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne is the leading provider of porcelain veneers in the Charlotte, NC metro area. He has been creating beautiful smiles with veneers for two-and-a-half decades.

We encourage you to schedule a free, no-obligation smile consultation with Dr. Harrell. Call 704-541-9888 or use the contact form on our website to set your appointment.