Teeth Whitening Trends

Friends having funWith the popularity of social media and the celebrities that post content daily, many trends come and go quickly. This is true of cosmetic dentistry DIY practices. Many stars, influencers, and regular users alike have been advertising teeth whitening tricks and products, leaving many followers to believe whether or not they actually work.

Oil pulling, a very popular trend, involves swishing coconut oil through the teeth for thirty minutes a day. While this seems like a very simple and healthy way to brighten the smile, the American Dental Association (ADA), has reported that there is no scientific evidence that oil pulling has any effect on the health or the look of the teeth.

Brushing activated charcoal on to the teeth is also another popular teeth whitening trend. Users have been seen having fun making their smile black all over, and claiming their teeth are immediately brighter afterwards. However, the ADA has not approved this at-home whitening trick, and are not aware of the side effects it may cause.

Our LA whitening expert encourages patients to opt for professional treatment if they would like to brighten their smile. Our dentist uses safe and tested materials and tools to ensure safety and noticeable results.

How Long does Teeth Whitening Treatment Take?

Woman at the dentistry

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments of today. Patients with a dull, yellowed, or darkened smile can brighten their teeth in several different ways. Kits are available from many stores for at-home treatment you can do yourself, but many patients opt for in-office treatment with our Beverly Hills teeth whitening doctor.

At-home treatments typically take a few days to show any results. They usually consist of trays that are filled with the whitening gel. They are placed on the teeth for a few minutes each time. Patients are encouraged not use the kit any longer, each time or overall, than instructed, as this can lead to enamel loss and tooth sensitivity.

Only one in-office session is needed to brighten the teeth as much as eight shades brighter. This takes three rounds of gel or liquid, for about fifteen minutes each. This means that most appointments last about forty five minutes.

How long the effects of teeth whitening last is largely dependent on the patient. To keep your teeth white and bright for as long as possible, be sure to avoid staining substances, such as coffee, tea, and berries. Talk to our dentist to learn which type of whitening treatment is best for you.