While teeth whitening treatment is generally considered to be safe and effective, it may not be a good option for every patient or every situation. Understanding the potential drawbacks of teeth whitening can help you make the best decision for your smile.
• Tooth sensitivity
This is usually mild after the treatment and goes away in a few days. If your teeth are already sensitivity, you may want to use a toothpaste with a sensitive tooth formula or have a fluoride treatment before proceeding with whitening.
• Gum irritation
Preventing any contact between the whitening solution and the gum tissues is usually sufficient for avoiding this complication. During professional whitening treatments, we take additional steps to protect your gums.
• Damage to restorations
A 2006 study found that peroxide-based whiteners may speed the deterioration of metal fillings. Switching to tooth-colored fillings can help you avoid this unwanted side effect.
• Pulp irritation
If an old or worn filling allows the whitening gel to penetrate into the inner structures of the tooth, pain may result. In some cases, a root canal treatment may be needed.
• Uneven results
Visible restorations will not lighten with tooth whitening treatments, which will mean some of your teeth will be whiter than other. Properly identifying candidacy can help you avoid this problem.
In most cases, these unwanted effects can be completely avoided by choosing the right products and ensuring your candidacy before performing any whitening. Call us today to schedule your appointment or to learn more about whitening options.