Tooth Whitening and Its Side Effects

young brunette female with gerbrera flowerGetting your teeth whitened is a great way to take you smile to the next level. The right whitening treatment will eliminate both extrinsic and intrinsic stains (or the stains on the surfaces and on the deeper layers of your teeth). Unfortunately, there are some side effects involved in the process that potential patients should be aware of.

There are two main side effects of teeth whitening. The first, and most common, is tooth sensitivity. Whitening products can strip away the enamel from the surfaces of your teeth, leaving your teeth unprotected. Hot and cold substances can cause pain and unpleasant zinging sensations. For those who experienced tooth sensitivity before receiving the treatment, the sensitivity may increase.

Whitening can also cause gum irritation. Certain spots may become mildly sore, turn white, and then flake off. This is considered a chemical burn cause by the hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide in the gel used, and is similar in intensity to a typical sunburn. Fortunately this side effect usually subsides within twenty-four hours of occurring.

For the safest treatment and materials, it is recommended that you go to a professional to hear options and advice, like our teeth whitening doctor in Los Angeles.


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