» Whitening can lead to loss of healthy teeth.
False Not one healthy tooth has ever been lost.
» Whitening requires a month or more.
False Excellent results can be obtained in two weeks or less. And, in-office assisted techniques can lighten the shade of your teeth in a single visit.
» Whitening can be done with over-the-counter products.
True However, compared to what's available from your dentist, over-the-counter whitening products are not as effective.
» Whitening is permanent.
False Restaining can occur. Smoking, drinking coffee, tea and soda, eating berry pie, and not brushing or flossing regularly all contribute to tooth staining.
» Whitening can contribute to tooth decay.
False There is no evidence that whitening leads to the loss of tooth integrity.