Common Teeth Whitening Side Effects
By on February 14, 2014
Your smile: it’s the first feature that most people will notice about you, but a smile darkened by stains or discoloration can be a source of anxiety and self-consciousness. Tooth whitening has become a common treatment option to improve the appearance of a teeth that are otherwise strong and straight. The skilled team at Clarksville Smiles has been brightening smiles through teeth whitening for years - but side effects can be common, even with closely monitored in-office teeth whitening treatments. By understanding the risks and side effects of teeth whitening, you can make a more informed decision as to whether teeth whitening is the right treatment for you.
Temporary Teeth Whitening Side Effects
Many of the side effects associated with teeth whitening treatments are quite common, and are only temporary. These side effects include:
- Redness and Irritation of the Gums - In order to drastically alter the color and appearance of a patient’s teeth in one visit, the bleaching agents used in teeth whitening must be quite strong. Because of this fact, whitening gels can be an irritant if allowed to come into contact with the gum line. It is not out of the ordinary to experience tenderness and irritation of the gums lasting for a few hours immediately after a tooth whitening treatment.
- Temporary Tooth Sensitivity - As bleaching agents penetrate the enamel of your teeth to do their job, your teeth may become temporarily more sensitive in the process. For a short time after your procedure, you will likely experience a heightened sensitivity to sensations such as hot and cold.
Serious Teeth Whitening Side Effects and Risks
While most side effects of teeth whitening treatments are mild and temporary, some potential risks may last longer or even be permanent. These risks can include:
- Tooth Discoloration - The right amount of teeth whitening solution can result in a beautifully bright and white smile. But patients who overbleach may soon learn that there is truth to the phrase “too much of a good thing.” Whitening your teeth too frequently can actually have the opposite effect, wearing down vital tooth enamel and resulting in teeth that are grey, discolored, and even translucent. In some cases, this outcome can be reversed, but in many of these cases your dentist may recommend concealing this side effect with porcelain veneers.
- Nerve Damage - In most cases, increased sensitivity after teeth whitening treatments dissipates within a few hours or a couple of days at most. But in very rare cases, bleaching can cause nerve damage resulting in prolonged (or even permanent) pain and sensitivity. This is more likely in patients who already have sensitive teeth to begin with, so be sure to discuss any such concerns with your cosmetic dentist prior to your procedure.
Contact Your Cosmetic Dentist Today
All medical and dental procedures carry a certain amount of risk, and teeth whitening treatments are no different. But when your teeth whitening is administered by a skilled and experienced team of dental professionals, those risks can be substantially minimized to give you the best results for a brighter smile. Contact Dr. Richard C. Ribeiro, DDS, and his accomplished team at Clarksville Smilesto schedule an appointment and learn more about the teeth whitening process today.
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