Top 5 Things To Consider Before Undergoing Teeth Whitening
There are a lot of choices for teeth whitening, from over the counter options you can find at your local drugstore to more expensive and professional dental treatments. Many people are on the fence about teeth whitening, worried about safety and effectiveness. The following are the top five things that you’ll need to know if you’ve been thinking about teeth whitening treatments.
There Are Side Effects
Like many procedures, teeth whitening can have a few minor side effects. The most common side effect for teeth whitening treatments is sensitivity in the 24 hour period following your procedure. If the feeling is particularly bad, patients can take a pain reliever every six to eight hours. Whitening toothpastes, an over the counter option for whitening, can also cause the same sensitivity, can be abrasive to the teeth, and can cause gum recession. Another of the common side effects for teeth whitening is soft tissue irritation. This occurs most often when the whitening solutions gets on the gums. Ingesting some of the whitening gel can also cause nausea and vomiting. In most cases, a professional whitening treatment does not cause these two side effects.
It’s Not A Permanent Solution
Whitening procedures are long-term, rather than a single visit procedure. You shouldn’t be surprised if you need more than one treatment to reach your desired level of whiteness. The final results of a whitening typically last from one to three years, although follow up treatments are usually less expensive and less time consuming. Whitening is not a solution to poor hygiene. You’ll need to maintain proper oral care if you want your whitening treatment to stick. And continuing poor oral hygiene habits like smoking and drinking red wine and coffee is going to set you back a ways.
Whitening Isn’t For Everyone
There are certain people who should avoid the whitening process altogether. Because of the chemicals used, pregnant and lactating women should not undergo whitening procedures. Likewise, those with peroxide allergies should also avoid whitening. If you have sensitive teeth and gums, you should avoid whitening, as it can exacerbate these conditions. Whitening may not take to teeth that have cavities, exposed roots, worn enamel, fillings, crowns, and other restorations.
Results Vary Based On Your Current Teeth Color
Contradictory to what some people believe, whitening does not magically erase all damage that your teeth have experienced over your lifetime. However, the opposite is true as well; the better you’ve cared for your teeth, the greater the results you can expect to see from whitening treatments. Keeping up with regular dental appointments, brushing and flossing regularly, and avoiding things that cause damage and discoloration can go a long way towards helping you get the bright results that you’re looking for in a teeth whitening treatment.
Too Much Of A Good Thing
Just as it’s possible to go overboard with dieting, plastic surgery, and shopping, it’s also possible to over-whiten teeth. Too many whitening treatments may make teeth look bright and shiny, but can actually cause permanent damage. Over-whitening can weaken tooth enamel and produce a translucent look or discoloration that can’t be fixed.
Whether you’re interested in over the counter methods of tooth whitening like toothpastes, gels, and strips, or a professional whitening treatment from a certified dental service provider, there are a few things that you should know before deciding whether or not whitening is for you. For more questions about teeth whitening side effects, and whether or not whitening is a good option for your teeth, check with your local dental care provider.
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Paradise Valley, AZ 85253