5 Teeth Whitening Myths Debunked

Cosmetic & Family Dentist Serving Salt Lake City, West Valley City, Draper & Nearby Utah

Posted: October 22, 2015

Teeth whitening helped this West Jordan woman's bright smileTeeth whitening is one of the most popular and immediately rewarding  treatments for our patients in West Jordan. With the help of Dr. Keith Warr, you can brighten your smile and enhance your self-confidence in a quick, safe and affordable procedure.

Despite its proven safety, some people are intimidated by the prospect of professional teeth whitening treatments.  In order to dispel some of the common myths about teeth whitening, we have compiled the following list of teeth whitening facts.

Myth #1: Teeth whitening is painful. 

Fact: While the process of teeth whitening may cause minor temporary sensitivity in your gums and teeth, the procedure itself it not painful. What slight discomfort you may encounter will dissipate within 24 to 48 hours of the treatment.


Myth #2: Teeth whitening damages enamel.

Fact:  Over-the-counter teeth whitening systems found in drug stores often contain materials that can damage tooth enamel. However, the tooth whitening treatment used at Warr Dental involves a closely controlled procedure that is safe for your enamel.


Myth #3: Teeth whitening harms nerves.

Fact: When the procedure is performed by a licensed professional, teeth whitening doesn’t affect your gums, roots or the inside of your teeth.


Myth #4: Teeth whitening results are the same for everyone.

Fact: Not only do results vary for every person, but not everyone is even a good candidate for teeth whitening.  People who should avoid the procedure include:

  • Pregnant women
  • Women who are breastfeeding
  • Anyone under the age of 16
  • Anyone with gum disease, exposed roots, cavities, poor tooth enamel, veneers or other dental problems or restorations

Myth #5: Results are permanent.

Fact: Teeth whitening brightens your smile, but the results won’t last a lifetime.  As you age, your teeth will naturally lose their luster as you continue to eat and drink normally. Occasional touch-ups are recommended.


To learn more about the teeth whitening services we offer our West Jordan patients, contact Warr Dental today at (801) 216-3713 to schedule an appointment. We serve patients from South Jordan, Midvale and throughout Salt Lake City.