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Posted on 1/10/2020 by Century Dental LLC
|Over time, your teeth may become stained or discolored. This can be caused by a number of things, including medications, smoking, foods and beverages, aging, and even tooth infections.
Most people with stained teeth opt for teeth whitening. The major worry among most people, however, is whether the procedure will damage their enamel. The enamel plays an important role as it protects the inner layers of the teeth from damage.
Possible Side Effects of Teeth Whitening
There is no need to worry about teeth whitening causing harm to your enamel. The procedure does not affect your enamel in any way. In fact, most people hardly experience any side effects from teeth whitening. However, some people might experience the following side effects.
During and after the procedure, your teeth might become sensitive. Tooth sensitivity during teeth whitening is usually caused by exposing the dentin layer of the teeth to the whitening agents. However, the sensitivity usually disappears after a while. You should avoid hot, cold, or spicy foods immediately after the procedure to avoid making the sensitivity worse.
Chemical burns are also known as soft tissue irritation. Exposure of the whitening agents to the gum tissues can result in a chemical burn. The gums may turn white, but they will return to their normal color after a short period of time. You should watch out for prolonged exposure to whitening agents as it can lead to gum inflammation and redness, and you might experience pain and bleeding.
Furthermore, frequently undergoing teeth whitening procedures can result in translucent or grey teeth instead of white. Teeth whitening might also not work on fillings, crowns, and caps.
Teeth whitening is best done at our clinic and not at home using over-the-counter teeth whitening solutions. We will first do an assessment to know which teeth whitening solution is best for your case. Call us today to have your teeth assessed and whitened.