Teeth Whitening Side Effects
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When considering tooth whitening, many cosmetic dentistry patients have questions and concerns about the potential side effects of different treatments. Certain over-the-counter treatments and “whitening” toothpastes can actually damage your teeth over time, which is why it’s so important to consult with Dr. Chung prior to attempting any tooth whitening treatment. He can help you get the results you’re looking for, while making sure your teeth do not suffer any damage or negative side effects.
Teeth Whitening and Tooth Sensitivity
The bleaching agents that cosmetic dentists use to whiten teeth contain hydrogen peroxide, which can be irritating to the mouth’s soft tissues. To prevent this, Dr. Chung will isolate your teeth by placing a dental dam, preventing the bleaching agent from reaching your gums and lips. The whitener will only make contact with your teeth.
If you have sensitive teeth, you may experience increased sensitivity during an in-office Zoom! tooth whitening procedure. If this discomfort becomes pronounced, Dr. Chung will stop your treatment and apply a de-sensitizing gel, which will also be included in your take-home whitening kit. After treatment, some sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages may remain, but this sensitivity will dissipate eventually.
The Dangers of Over-the-Counter Whitening Products
Many of the negative side effects associated with teeth whitening occur when patients use store-bought whitening treatments, instead of the professional treatments provided by cosmetic dentists, to treat their discolored teeth.
Most store-bought whitening gels contain a combination of hydrogen peroxide and different acids at concentrations which can potentially damage your teeth’s enamel. Applied without supervision, you could accidentally expose your teeth too long to these chemicals, eventually stripping away your teeth’s protective enamel and revealing the yellow dentin layer beneath.
Whitening toothpastes contain similar abrasive ingredients that can gradually damage your tooth enamel. As the enamel thins and the yellow dentin layer underneath begins to show through more, you will gradually make your teeth’s discoloration worse, not better.
Also, because the whitening trays that come with most over-the-counter whitening treatments aren’t custom-molded to fit your teeth, they may allow the harsh solutions in the bleaching agent to spill over onto your gum tissue, causing pain and discomfort. These solutions can also potentially enter your stomach.
Trust Dr. Chung With Your Teeth Whitening Treatment
If you are looking to brighten your smile safely and effectively, don’t take chances with your dental health by using store-bought tooth whitening treatments or toothpastes. Instead, contact experienced Washington D.C. cosmetic dentist Dr. Chung at Softouch Dental Care today to schedule a teeth whitening consultation.
We can answer all your questions about tooth whitening, discuss your goals for your smile, and help them become a reality. Softouch Dental Care serves Alexandria, Reston, Oakton, Tyson’s Corner, Arlington, Herndon, Fairfax, Washington D.C., and patients throughout Northern Virginia.