As a Fairhope Dentist offering teeth whitening, we often come across several different concerns and questions this article is here to provide some guidance!
What Are The Side Effects Of Whitening Your Teeth?
The main side effect of teeth whitening is increased tooth sensitivity. This is the most commonly experienced downside of dental bleaching with peroxide. This means that you'll experience some discomfort when your teeth are exposed to extreme temperatures, like when you eat ice cream or hot soup. Fortunately this is temporary, and will stop some time after you end your treatment course with whitening gel. Toothpastes that include peroxide for improved whitening do not use high enough concentrations of peroxide to cause this side effect in most people.
Gum irritation is the other most common side effect of whitening. This is caused by getting the powerful chemicals used in the whitening gels into contact with your gums. Most professional teeth whitening treatments at a dentist's office will use custom fitted trays to hold the whitening gel in contact with your teeth, while keeping it away from your gums. Since at home whitening products use one size fits all trays, you can easily expose your gums to the bleaching agent by filling the tray with too much gel. Carefully follow the directions of the whitening gel you purchase exactly as they are written and do not apply more than a small teardrop-sized amount to the tray. This will help you avoid irritating your gums. As a Fairhope, AL dentist we offer in house whitening. Please call today or visit our website at www.sweetwatersmile.com for more information!