Are you considering using teeth whitening treatments to help improve the appearance of your teeth? In this post, our Delta BC dentists list potential side effects you might experience, in addition to how safe the procedure is generally, and what you and your dentist can do to address any discomfort.
Why would I whiten my teeth?
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure, so it does not have any oral health benefits. That said, many people find they feel more confident in revealing their smile if their teeth are white, and having a bright, white smile can encourage you to keep up with a great at-home oral hygiene routine.
As we age, our teeth can become discoloured for numerous reasons, whether as a result of our drinking or eating habits, smoking cigarettes or taking certain medications. Some patients also have tooth decay or damage.
Whitening your teeth is a minimally invasive, effective and safe way to minimize the appearance of discolouration.
What are my teeth whitening options?
Our dentists are often asked this question. Patients at Scott 72 Dental Centre have two choices for teeth whitening:
- Professional at-home bleaching kits offered by your dentist
- Teeth whitening products available over the counter, without supervision from your dentist
What are potential side effects of teeth whitening?
Most side effects you might experience due to teeth whitening are temporary and minor. Common side effects include:
You may notice your teeth are more sensitive for a few days after your teeth whitening treatment. The sensitivity will likely not last more than a week or two. In the meantime, ask your dentist about products that can help. They recommend products containing potassium nitrate and sodium fluoride to treat sensitivity.
Your gums might feel irritated temporarily after using the teeth whitening solution, if it comes into contact them. This side effect will likely fade away shortly after your treatment.
Things to Remember
Keep in mind that that teeth whitening will not permanently whiten your teeth — touchups will be needed every so often. Also remember that teeth whitening will not work on restorations such as crowns, bridges, implants and dentures.
Ask your dentist whether teeth whitening is right for you. If you have certain dental work in progress or active cavities are an issue, your dentist may recommend against this procedure.
Teeth whitening methods approved by your dentist are considered safe. Before doing any treatment, always discuss with your dentist and pick the one that matches your needs. Remember to always follow the instructions that come with the product and contact your dentist if you experience any side effects.
Thinking about whether teeth whitening is right for you? Contact our Delta BC dental office to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.