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5 Myths About Teeth Whitening
Before you brighten your smile, get the facts.

Before you brighten your smile, get the facts.

Teeth whitening can help brighten up a dingy smile. There are many possible choices, from professional whitening in a dentist's office to do-it-yourself kits. Whatever you choose, it's important to get the facts ahead of time. Not everything you hear about teeth whitening is true. Check out these debunked myths.

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  1. In-Office Teeth Whitening: Professional Advantages. Costs and Options, Consumer Guide to Dentistry. http://www.yourdentistryguide.com/professional-whitening/
  2. Statement on the Safety and Effectiveness of Tooth Whitening Products. American Dental Association. http://www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada/ada-positions-policies-and-statements/tooth-whitening-safety-and-effectiveness
  3. Teeth Whitening: Frequently Asked Questions. Cleveland Clinic. http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/teeth-whitening/faqs
  4. Tooth Whitening. Oral Health Foundation. https://www.dentalhealth.org/tell-me-about/topic/routine-treatment/tooth-whitening
  5. Tooth Whitening/Bleaching: Treatment Considerations for Dentists and Their Patients. American Dental Association. https://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/About%20the%20ADA/Files/ada_house_of_delegates_whitening_report.ashx
  6. Whitening: 5 Things to Know About Getting a Brighter Smile. American Dental Association. http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/w/whitening
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