Jul 20, 2009
Teeth whitening treatments are considered to be safe when procedures are followed as directed. However, there are certain risks associated with bleaching that you should be aware of:
Bleaching can cause a temporary sensitivity to temperature, pressure and touch. This is usually most comment when higher-concentration bleach is used. For sensitive teeth, some dentists recommend a toothpaste containing potassium nitrate.
* Gum irritation:
People who use peroxide whiteners may experience some degree of gum irritation resulting from the bleach concentration or from contact with the whitening trays. These irritations typically lasts for a few days, subsiding after bleaching has stopped or the peroxide concentration lowered.
* Technicolor teeth:
Restoration such as crowns, bonding, and porcelain veneers are not affected by bleach and will maintain their color, while the surrounding teeth are whitened. The resulting color difference between the teeth’s are frequently called “Technicolor” teeth.
* Tetracycline Staining:
If your teeth are severely stained by tetracycline you might not experience a dramatic improvement with teeth bleaching. Prolonged treatment may make a difference.
Tooth whitening is not recommended for children under the age of 16. At this age the teeth are still developing and the nerves are enlarged. Teeth whitening could cause sensitivity and possible damage to the teeth
Dentists do not recommend teeth whitening for women who are pregnant or lactating. Swallowing even the smallest amount of whitening bleach can be harmful to a fetus.
Individuals who are allergic to peroxide should not use a bleaching product. Consult with your dentist or doctor for other options
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