14 Sep Are there side effects from teeth whitening?
Generic toothpastes or gels that include whitening enhancements claim to whiten teeth as you brush daily. In reality, many of these products may include abrasive ingredients that could, for example, escalate gum recession. And although a small improvement may be realized, there can be consequences that do not offset the benefits.
In office whitening offers many advantages not available with products purchased at the drug store or on the internet:
- A dental professional can explain, instruct and perform treatment that can make the difference between average results and a brilliant “Hollywood” smile.
- The teeth whitening products available through your cosmetic dentist are the most powerful on the market and will give you optimum results.
- You can whiten up to eight shades in less than two hours, making in-office whitening the most expedient means to brighten your smile.
For patients who wish to whiten their teeth at their own convenience, your dentist can provide teeth whitening kits for use at home. These kits will take longer than in-office whitening, and might not be able to produce identical results.
Whether you whiten your teeth professionally in the dental office or you take advantage of a take home kit, there are a couple of issues patients may face.
When whitening in the office, the dental provider will carefully shield all soft tissue areas of the mouth from the powerful whitening agents. Without this protection, the exposed areas might become irritated.
The most common side effect of teeth whitening is that of sensitivity. A zinging sensation may be felt while whitening or after you are done. For most patients, this will cease either after the completion of treatment or a day or two later.
Some patients become compulsive whiteners, and these patients run the risk of damaging the tooth’s enamel. And patients with dental crowns or ceramic restorations should proceed with caution as teeth whitening will not work on porcelain or composite resin.
Whichever method you select for brightening your smile, a consultation with Dr. Mark E. Massaro in Tulsa will give you answers to any questions or concerns you may have, and offer guidance for the best options for your needs. Call 918-743-9924 to schedule your visit today.