Can I bleach my teeth while I have untreated cavities or gum problems?

It is advisable to first treat your cavities and/or gums and whiten your teeth after that.If you suspect you have teeth problems and you are planning a teeth whitening procedure, always go for dental checkup first.

A lot of people have stained, yellowish teeth, which often become a source of humiliation for them. No one likes to have darkly stained teeth. This is why many prefer teeth whitening in order to get bright and white teeth. There are basically three types of teeth whitening procedures such as whitening toothpastes, at-home whitening procedures including over-the-counter whitening strips and gels and in-office teeth whitening also known as the power bleaching. However, patients should only undergo teeth whitening if they have healthy teeth and healthy gums. Bleaching teeth while you have untreated cavities or gum problems can lead to pain and severe inflammation. White teething brings best result for teeth with yellowish tones. The success of this cosmetic procedure depends upon a lot of factors.

Patients with tooth cavities are advised to treat their cavities before undergoing this procedure. In circumstances when teeth whitening is undertaken without filling the cavities, the whitening solutions infiltrate into the inner parts of the tooth, making it weak and irritable. Similarly it is very important to treat various gum diseases and enamels before teeth whitening. Teeth whitening do not bring encouraging results in exposed roots because these roots do not have an enamel coating. People with sensitive teeth should consult a doctor before undergoing any kind of teeth bleaching process. Patients allergic to peroxide, commonly known as the whitening agent, should refrain from teeth whitening. Therefore it is important to refrain from bleaching teeth while having untreated cavities or gum problems.

Factors Affecting Teeth Whitening Results
Doctors do not recommend teeth whitening to children below sixteen years of age. Since the pulp chamber continues to grow till this age, teeth whitening below sixteen years of age can damage or cause inflammation in the pulp. Teeth whitening is also not advised to pregnant women.

If you are considering teeth whitening, you should undergo this procedure before taking any other dental treatments such as restorations, tooth crowns, veneers, bonding and bridges. Teeth bleaching after any such dental treatment results in uneven color. Teeth without crowns or restorations become whiter than the ones with crowns and restorations. Therefore, in order to obtain an evenly bright and appealing color, you should undergo any composite filling, dentures, veneers, bonding or other similar dental treatment two weeks prior the bleaching. Smokers do not experience encouraging results if they continue to smoke during the whitening process. Yellowish colored teeth bear best results for teeth whitening. However, grayish black teeth may bear little and purplish colored teeth may not respond to whitening process at all.

Teeth whitening can be sensitive to the gums, and if you have a gum disease your dentists might advise against the whitening until the gums have healed.

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