Are there any side effects from teeth whitening?

The teeth whitening gels used in tooth bleaching might cause tooth sensitivity, and the degree of this sensitivity will vary depending on the person using the whitening gel. Some people also might experience gum sensitivity from teeth whitening products.

If you experience pain or discomfort during at-home teeth whitening procedure, it's advisable to discontinue the treatment and ask your dentist for advise. Different people react in different ways to medical procedures and medications, and the same is valid for tooth bleaching procedures and teeth whitening products.

Like most treatments, side effects exist from teeth whitening treatments. While most potential side effects are minimal and not life threatening, there are some things to look out for, and we'll examine some of those issues.

Most teeth whitening products on the market are 10% carbamide peroxide based, with the active ingredient being peroxide. One of the most common side effects of teeth whitening is soft tissue irritation. Precautions should be taken during the teeth whitening procedure to ensure that the gums, lips, and tongue do not come into contact with the whitening solution. If these precautions are not taken, you may experience side effects ranging from light irritation to a more moderate burning sensation. There is also the risk for oral hypersensitivity as a result of exposure.

It is also important to make sure you understand how the teeth whitening process works and that you have realistic expectations to how white you can get your teeth. Over-using the product can cause the dentin to become exposed since the outer layer of enamel can get eroded by the whitening solution. The process may also cause your teeth to be sensitive to hot or cold temperatures. Those who have had root canals in the past may have a discolored tooth from the procedure. Attempting to restore that tooth to a brighter shade of white can cause enamel damage from simply trying too hard. In a case such as this, the side effect of whitening your teeth outweighs the benefit of the process.

Not all of the side effects from using teeth whitening products are medical or physical in nature. For people who have crowns, veneers, bridges, or implants, teeth whitening may not be a good idea. Usually the previously mentioned dental cosmetic works of art have been carefully matched to have the same color as your natural teeth did at the time of dental service. If you start whitening your teeth after these procedures, you may find yourself with brighter natural teeth than your dental implants. You would then have to decide if it was worth it to have those teeth with the dental implants re-worked to now match your current shade of white.

Many people wonder if there are any side effects from teeth whitening. While there are some side effects to consider, teeth whitening, both done at home and at the dentists' office, can be a good way to get that white smile.

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