Can Teeth Whitening Have Any Side Effects?

Posted on: October 16, 2018

Teeth whitening has become a widely popular trend. It started when celebrities opted for pearly white teeth in a matter of days. Their bright smiles appealed to their fans, and people began flocking to dental experts to whiten their teeth.

You can also buy various teeth whitening kits and get super white teeth without scheduling an appointment with the dentist — at home.

Although it makes sense when it comes to oral hygiene, teeth whitening can contain adverse effects due to excess use of chemicals often involved in the process.

Let us take a look at the side effects associated with teeth whitening, in order to make an informed decision:

Teeth whitening side effects

Soft tissue irritation

Many people have opted for teeth whitening. Most are satisfied with the outcome, but some have developed soft tissue irritation. This condition is also called a chemical burn. It happens when the whitening solution touches your gum tissue during the procedure.

In some cases, gums might turn white as a result. Whitening solutions contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. The harsh chemicals found in these gels or solutions can contribute to redness and inflammation on the affected area. Gum tissues are delicate. The whitening solution may cause pain and bleeding there as well.

Sensitivity of teeth

You cannot predict how sensitive your teeth are until after a teeth whitening procedure. It can affect the dentin layer severely. Moreover, consult a dental expert before opting for teeth whitening. This way, you will get assistance with the whitening process.

Blotchy appearance

Carbamide peroxide breaks down into hydrogen peroxide, a bleaching agent. Bleaching the teeth consistently strips away enamel, leading to unpleasant and blotchy appearance via exposing the darker dentin. It is worth noting that affected enamel makes the teeth brittle and vulnerable to chipping or cracking. The teeth can become easy to bend and flexible due to enamel erosion. Protection enamel coating allows you to consume anything you want. On the other hand, without the coating, sensitivity increases and forces you to stop eating certain foods like ice cream.

Discomfort and pain

Various patients encounter teeth pain after a few hours of a whitening session. It ranges from mild to intense. The kind of pain is usually an outcome of inflammation in the nerves of your teeth, which occurs due to:

  • Dehydration of the teeth
  • Penetration of bleaching agent to the teeth nerves
  • Exposing teeth to a high temperature for an extensive period

You might be wondering:

Pearly white teeth enhance appearance. However, be cautious when undergoing teeth whitening, as most of these treatments do not work with coverings such as porcelain veneers. The solution might affect the cover and cause discoloration. We suggest consulting the dental expert to protect the teeth and to avoid such unpleasant conditions.

Call (818) 446-7368 today to reach Smiles Dental Group.


Related Posts

December 20, 2018

What Is a Smile Makeover Consultation?

Are you looking into options for making over your smile? The recent advances in the field of cosmetic dentistry mean that there are more options available than ever before. The fact that you now have many …

November 17, 2018

Questions You Should Ask when Choosing a Family Dentist

At the grocery store, most people face the hard decision of whether to skip the ice cream aisle or indulge in a pint of chocolate chip. During a bi-monthly visit to the stylist, most decide …

September 16, 2018

5 Popular Preventative Dental Services

Preventative dental services include every action a dentist takes that is aimed at maintaining good oral health. This helps prevent consequences like cavities, enamel wear, and gum diseases. Experts recommend preventative dental care to avoid …

August 16, 2018

Can Sedation Dentistry Help you Relax at the Dentist?

If the thought of having to sit in a dentist’s chair makes your entire body tense and your palms sweaty, chances are that you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry. Some people may even …