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Are there side effects from teeth whitening?

There are many benefits from professional teeth whitening in your dental office. A drab smile can turn into a “wow” smile in one visit to your dental office for a teeth whitening procedure in Irving TX 75063.

Teeth whitening is a process where teeth are restored to their natural color by removing stain and grime not eliminated during a standard hygiene visit.

Teeth whitening is a process where teeth are restored to their natural color by removing stain and grime not eliminated during a standard hygiene visit.

While many over the counter products promise to deliver whiter teeth, the whitening agent contained in tooth pastes, gels and whitening kits available at the drug store is not the same strength as the products available from your dentist. A dental professional has access to the highest concentration level of whitening agents available for their in-office whitening procedure.

There are also take home whitening kits available through your dental provider that offer successful whitening, but take longer to achieve the desired results.

Your dentist will want to make you aware of the potential side effects associated with teeth whitening. Not all patients are affected the same, and many patients do not have any side effects at all.

  • Sensitivity: Due to the high concentration of peroxide used in teeth whitening, it is possible that the patient might experience slight sensitivity or a zinging sensation. This generally affects patients with gum recession or small cracks in their dental enamel. If your dentist suspects you might fall into this category, you might be advised to use a toothpaste that contains potassium nitrate for a week or two prior to treatment to lessen sensitivity.
  • Irritation to the gum tissue: Even though the dental professional will protect the area surrounding the teeth, there is a chance that the bleaching agent can penetrate the protective dam. If this happens, the irritation should disappear within a couple of days.
  • Expectations: Many patients will expect their teeth to become a brilliant white, but whitening is intended to restore to your natural color so if your teeth were not a brilliant white originally, whitening might not provide the result you anticipate.
  • Cosmetic enhancements: Porcelain veneers and bonding are not affected by teeth whitening, so it is important to realize this prior to treatment.
  • Maintenance: Teeth whitening must be maintained by follow up visits to your dental provider. The whitening effect you realize after treatment is not permanent, but can last a long time by implementing excellent oral hygiene habits and avoiding food/beverages that are known to stain teeth like coffee, tea or dark colored beverages.

Teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to perk up your smile. If you would like to learn more about your whitening options, please call Active Dental at 972-556-0600.