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Before you consider whitening your teeth

June 29, 2013 by  
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Many of us keep looking for tips to improve the whiteness of our teeth.  If the methods of teeth whitening are applied as directed there are not too many side effects or danger to whiten the teeth.  However each individual is unique and no one will react to whitening products in exactly the same way. Before starting any whitening treatment, it is best to consult your dentist. It knows your teeth, their flaws and qualities. An examination by the dentist will reveal whether your teeth are ready to receive treatment; they could be cracked or damaged, and your gums in bad shape.  One should never undertake a whitening treatment if the teeth or gums are damaged. Similarly, young people under 16 years of age, pregnant women and nursing mothers should not use products to whiten teeth. A product to whiten teeth seemingly trivial may contain ingredients that are not safe for the fetus.

Whatever is said, there are some risks involved in whitening teeth:

• Increased sensitivity of the teeth to hot and/or cold, pressure, or all three of them. This is especially true when the whitening treatment is done at a dental clinic because the products used are far more concentrated than those sold in stores for treatment at home. The result is faster, but the side effects more noticeable.  However the effects can be minimized by using a desensitizing toothpaste containing potassium nitrate. In general, tooth sensitivity disappears a few weeks after the end of the treatment. Peoples suffering from gum removal, defective fillings or cracked teeth are more susceptible to this side effect. Whitening the teeth can become painful.

• Irritation of the gums and mucous membranes: when the active bleaching agent comes in contact with the soft tissues in the mouth, it can result in an unpleasant tingling sensation. Tingling that can increase with daily applications of the product containing hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These products can be irritating in the long run. A teeth whitening product containing several active agents can be strong enough to cause major irritation to the gums.  Some peoples will also dislike the taste of the whitening gels.  If the tissues become too irritated one can spread the treatments over time. It will take a little longer to have white teeth, but the mucous membranes will be preserved.

• Uneven coloration of the teeth; if your teeth have repairs made with a white composite it will not be affected by the whitening product.  The natural tooth will whiten but the repair will look like a yellow stain compared to the rest. The contrast will be more apparent if the repairs happen to be on the front teeth revealed when we smile.   Similarly, veneers, crowns, and non-natural teeth will not whiten.

• Allergy: it may be that some people are allergic to hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. And these peoples are not always aware of it.  Before starting any whitening treatment you should apply a drop of the product on our wrist or on a small area of the inner lip.  If you notice no reaction, you can try the first full treatment, but pay attention to redness. If the reaction in your mouth is excessive, stop  the treatment and talk to your dentist.

For most people a beautiful smile is worth enduring some minor side effects. Should the side effects turn out too bothersome then you may want to speak to your dentist and seek an alternative teeth whitening treatment.  Yellow teeth are not inevitable; you just need to find the right solution.

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