Risks of Teeth Whitening Treatments
By Andrew Mortensen, DDS on November 27, 2013
There are plenty of options to consider when it comes to getting the smile of your dreams. While there are plenty of over-the-counter treatments that may seem helpful, the best way to enhance the overall beauty of your smile is to meet with a cosmetic dentist for professional treatment. This professional care is much more effective than anything that's store-bought and used without direct oversight of a dental health professional.
Right now, we would like to consider teeth whitening treatment and some of the risks that are associated with teeth whitening treatment. You may be surprised that there are risks involved, but it's true.
Causes of Tooth Discoloration
First a brief word on tooth discoloration since this is why so many people seek out teeth whitening. Some of the most common causes of tooth discoloration include:
- Chewing tobacco
- Soft drinks
We should also point out that the natural aging process will cause tooth discoloration to occur with time. In the case of tobacco products, it's just another compelling reason to quit or to not use them in the first place. As for the other substances, be sure to refrain, abstain, or brush your teeth after consuming any of the above.
How Teeth Whitening Treatment Works
Teeth whitening treatment involves bleaching agents that brighten and whiten the actual tooth structure. While the specifics may differ in various teeth whitening systems, this is the basic principle at play.
Are risks associated with tooth whitening?
Yes. As with any dental treatment, there are risks related to teeth whitening, whether it's performed at the dentist's office or at home using a bleaching kit. Below are some of the common risks.
Tooth Sensitivity and Teeth Whitening
Tooth sensitivity will often last for a day or two after undergoing teeth whitening treatment. This is a natural side effect, though it can prove very uncomfortable for some patients. Eating lukewarm foods and avoiding hot or cold beverages will help make this sensitivity manageable.
Gum Irritation and Teeth Whitening
When the bleaching agent gets on the gums rather than staying on the teeth themselves, this can cause discomfort and irritation. This is why professional teeth whitening treatment tends to be a bit better than at-home treatment. Your dentist and/or hygienist will monitor the placement of the bleaching agent to ensure that your gums are not affected. For those using whitening kits, be attentive and be sure to follow all instructions to the letter.
Issues with Whiteness with Regard to Dental Restorations
Another risk to consider is uneven smile appearance as a result of teeth whitening and tooth-colored dental restorations. The dental restorations (whether inlays, onlays, porcelain veneers, or dental bonding composites) do not become bleached by teeth whitening treatment. This can lead to aesthetic flaws. Generally these issues can be avoided as long as dentists consider whitening a patient's teeth before placing tooth-colored restorations.
Learn More About Teeth Whitening Treatment
If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening treatment and how it can help you have the smile that you have always wanted to have, be sure to contact our Fountain Valley cosmetic dentistry center today. Professional teeth whitening may be the key to you achieving all of your aesthetic goals.
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