Side effects of teeth whitening - Problems - Risks
Side effects of tooth whitening - Problems & Risks
As any other dental treatment, tooth whitening has a risk of mostly temporary side-effects, even in the case of successful treatments. Potential teeth whitening problems and side-effects include sensitivity of the teeth to hot or cold and gum irritation.
About 30 to 50% of the people who use whitening products experience some degree of tooth sensitivity or/and gum irritation during the course of their teeth bleaching treatments. There are some cases when a dentist may recommend that tooth bleaching should be avoided to protect the user from potential side effects.
The risk of side effects seems to be directly related to the concentration of the peroxide used and the duration of exposure to the bleaching gel. These conditions usually occur during or immediately after the teeth bleaching and should disappear after a few days.
You should always visit your dentist for a complete dental examination before using any over the counter tooth whitening product. The dentist will check for any existing conditions and advise you whether or not your teeth are suitable for tooth bleaching.
It is also very important to follow the instructions on the product label very carefully. Overuse of the product is not healthy for your mouth and under use can result in very little effect.
1. Tooth Sensitivity Caused by Teeth Whitening
Tooth sensitivity is called the condition when a cold or hot, sweet or sour stimuli in the mouth or even air or touch causes an intense pain to some teeth. All bleaching gels cause some degree of tooth sensitivity problems, but the level of discomfort is not the same for everyone. This is normal and an expected side effect.
Sensitive teeth caused by tooth whitening is a temporary condition that usually disappears within 48 hours after the whitening treatment is stopped.
If you do experience tooth sensitivity, you can reduce or eliminate the symptoms by:
2. Gum Irritation After Teeth Whitening
Gum irritation is another common side effect that is experienced after a tooth whitening treatment. Gum irritation may be chemically or physically induced teeth whitening problem. Main causes are:
Usually gum irritation is only mild in severity without causing serious discomfort. If gum irritation is a problem caused by not well fitting bleaching trays prefer the use of ‘custom’ made trays. If you already use a professionally made tray and you still have problems, visit your dentist to adjust their shape to fit the shape of your gums.
If gum irritation is caused by the bleaching agent :
3. Other problems related to Teeth Whitening
How to Minimize the Risks of Tooth Bleaching
To minimize the risk of experiencing side effects of tooth whitening, you should:
Dental professionals consider tooth whitening as a safe cosmetic dental procedure, particularly if done under the supervision of a dentist. Even the over-the-counter (OTC) teeth whitening products are generally considered safe and effective, when used as directed on healthy teeth.
If you want to improve your smile’s appearance you should first visit a cosmetic dentist for consultation. Cosmetic dentists have the expertise to analyze your cosmetic needs, and propose a complete plan of cosmetic dental procedures that will best fit your expectations and finances.
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