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3 Possible Side Effects of Teeth Whitening You Should Know

If you consider performing a teeth whitening procedure, be sure that this is a very safe option. But you should understand that like any chemicals that we use, a snow-white smile cannot appear without several possible side effects associated with teeth whitening products. That’s why you may want to be aware of side effects before deciding on a teeth whitening.

People who use teeth whitening products may experience minor or no side effects and are satisfied with the results. However, some people may experience one or more of the following side effects that appear as a result of teeth whitening. In this article, we gathered three possible side effects of teeth whitening you should know.

1. Tooth sensitivity

Tour teeth may become more sensitive during the whitening process and for a short period after the procedure. Increased tooth sensitivity may occur because of the exposure of the dentin layer during the whitening procedure. That’s why if you suffer from tooth sensitivity before the whitening procedure, it is better to consult your dentist in advance. He or she may help you find out which tooth whitening options are appropriate for your condition. Moreover, your dentist can also provide you with a list of brands of whitening products that can help reduce sensitivity during the teeth whitening process.

2. Soft tissue irritation

Soft tissue irritation is also known as a chemical burn. This condition can occur if the whitening solution is exposed to gum tissue during the teeth whitening procedure. When soft tissue irritation occurs, your gums tend to turn white immediately after they come in contact with the bleaching solution. This is especially common if you have undergone a professional teeth whitening procedure. The tissue usually returns to its normal condition soon after exposure to chemicals in the bleaching product. However, many patients start to panic when they notice their gums after exposure to high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.

You should also know that prolonged exposure to whitening gels or a solution on the gum tissue can also lead to inflammation and redness of the areas that were in contact with the whitening solution. In the most extreme cases of soft tissue irritation from teeth whitening process, bleeding and pain in the gum tissue may develop as well.

3. Undesirable results

It is important to understand that the result of teeth whitening procedure usually depends on the initial shade of your teeth. Some people don’t understand this when the results achieved after teeth whitening doesn’t meet their expectations. If you have strong staining or discoloration that is located inside of your teeth, you may not notice any satisfying result after teeth whitening. Moreover, if you whiten your teeth too often, you may notice that your teeth begin to turn gray or translucent. But the reality is that most people want to see the creamy white shade after teeth whitening. In addition, if you have dental caps, crowns, veneers or fillings, the bleach solution will not have any effect on them.

Why it is important to visit the dentist before teeth whitening?

If you have decided to perform a teeth whitening procedure, it is better to make an appointment with your dentist in order to see if you're a good candidate for tooth whitening procedures. The doctor will evaluate your teeth and your particular discoloration. After the check-up, you will be able to choose whether you want to choose professional teeth whitening in the office, professional whitening at home, or OTC teeth whitening kits. However, you should know that it is recommended to avoid teeth whitening if you have any oral conditions like gum disease, tooth decay, mouth sores, etc. Only after successful treatment, you will be able to get the teeth shade you want.

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