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Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental procedure that can help enhance the appearance of your smile. While it is generally considered safe and effective, there are some potential side effects that you should be aware of. Let’s look at five common teeth whitening side effects that you may experience.

Teeth whitening side effects that you may experience

5 Common Teeth Whitening Side Effects1. Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is one of the most commonly reported side effects of teeth whitening. The bleaching agents used in the process can temporarily increase tooth sensitivity, especially to cold or hot stimuli. This sensitivity is usually mild and transient, subsiding shortly after the treatment. Using a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth and avoiding extremely hot or cold foods and beverages can help alleviate this discomfort.

2. Gum Irritation

During teeth whitening treatments, the bleaching agents can sometimes come into contact with the gums, leading to gum irritation. This can result in temporary redness, soreness, or sensitivity in the gum tissues. It is important to follow the instructions provided by your dentist or the product manufacturer to minimize the risk of gum irritation. If any irritation occurs, it typically resolves on its own within a few days.

3. Uneven Results

In some cases, teeth whitening may lead to uneven results, with certain areas of the teeth appearing whiter than others. This can occur due to variations in the enamel’s porosity or the distribution of stains on the teeth. While professional teeth whitening treatments performed by a dentist minimize this risk, it is still possible to experience slight variations in whitening results. Consulting with your dentist can help address any concerns and ensure optimal results.

4. Temporary Discomfort

During and after teeth whitening treatments, some individuals may experience temporary discomfort or mild irritation in the teeth and gums. This can occur due to the exposure of the teeth to the bleaching agents or the use of whitening trays or strips. The discomfort usually subsides within a short period, but if it persists or becomes severe, it is important to consult your dentist.

5. Increased Tooth Sensitivity

While tooth sensitivity is a common side effect, some individuals may experience a temporary increase in sensitivity following teeth whitening treatments. This heightened sensitivity can occur due to the exposure of the dentin, a more porous layer beneath the enamel, during the whitening process. Using desensitizing toothpaste, avoiding extremely hot or cold foods, and maintaining good oral hygiene can help manage this temporary increase in sensitivity.

Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

Professional teeth whitening treatments performed by dentists like us are generally considered safe. Our dentists have the knowledge, expertise, and access to professional-grade whitening products that are formulated to minimize risks and provide optimal results. These treatments are carefully monitored, ensuring that the bleaching agents are applied correctly and in controlled concentrations.

Who Are Not Suitable for Teeth Whitening?

There are certain cases where it may not be suitable or advisable:

Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women

During pregnancy and breastfeeding, it is generally recommended to avoid teeth whitening treatments. The effects of whitening agents on the developing fetus or breastfeeding infant are not well understood. As a precautionary measure, it is advisable to postpone teeth whitening until after pregnancy and the breastfeeding period.

Individuals with Tooth Sensitivity or Allergies

People who already experience significant tooth sensitivity or have a history of allergic reactions to dental products may not be suitable candidates for teeth whitening. The bleaching agents used in whitening treatments can sometimes exacerbate tooth sensitivity or cause allergic reactions. It is important to discuss any existing tooth sensitivity or allergies with our dentist before undergoing teeth whitening.

Children and Adolescents

Teeth whitening treatments are generally not recommended for children and adolescents. Their teeth are still developing, and the long-term effects of teeth whitening on their oral health and tooth structure are not well understood. It is best to wait until they reach adulthood before considering teeth whitening.

Individuals with Dental Restorations

Teeth whitening treatments do not alter the color of dental restorations, such as dental fillings, crowns, or veneers. If you have visible restorations in your front teeth and wish to whiten your teeth, it is important to consult with our dentist as we can evaluate your situation and discuss alternative options, such as replacing or adjusting the restorations to match the new shade of your whitened teeth.

Severe Tooth Decay or Gum Disease

Teeth whitening treatments are not suitable for individuals with untreated or severe tooth decay or gum disease. Whitening agents can penetrate the damaged tooth structure or irritate inflamed gum tissues, potentially causing further complications. It is crucial to address any existing oral health issues before considering teeth whitening.

Individuals with Tetracycline Stained Teeth

Tetracycline is an antibiotic that, when used during tooth development, can cause significant tooth discoloration. In cases of severe tetracycline staining, traditional teeth whitening methods may not effectively lighten the teeth. Alternative cosmetic dental treatments, such as veneers or dental bonding, may be more suitable to address the staining.

Teeth Whitening Methods

These are some of the common teeth whitening methods to help you make an informed decision.

In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening

In-office professional teeth whitening is performed by our dentist in a controlled clinical setting. This method involves the application of a high-concentration whitening gel to your teeth. The gel is activated using a special light or laser to accelerate the whitening process. In-office treatments offer quick and dramatic results, often lightening your teeth by several shades in just one visit.

At-Home Professional Teeth Whitening

At-home professional teeth whitening involves the use of custom-fitted trays and professional-grade whitening gel provided by one of our dentist. He/she will take impressions of your teeth to create custom trays that fit your mouth perfectly. You will be instructed on how to apply the whitening gel to the trays and wear them for a specified amount of time each day. At-home professional whitening allows you to achieve noticeable results in the comfort of your own home, with the convenience of custom trays that ensure proper gel application.

Over-the-Counter Whitening Products

Over-the-counter teeth whitening products are available without a prescription and can be purchased from supermarkets, pharmacies, or online. These products include whitening toothpaste, whitening strips, and whitening gels. While OTC products can provide some level of teeth whitening, they generally contain lower concentrations of whitening agents compared to professional treatments. It’s important to carefully follow the instructions provided with the product and be aware that OTC methods may not deliver the same level of effectiveness as professional teeth whitening.

Natural Remedies

Some individuals prefer to explore natural remedies for teeth whitening. These methods often involve using household ingredients like baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice, or activated charcoal to create DIY whitening solutions. It’s crucial to approach natural remedies with caution, as their effectiveness and safety can vary. Natural remedies may have limited whitening effects and may not be as reliable as professional treatments.

Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening toothpaste is a common option for maintaining and enhancing the whiteness of your teeth. These toothpastes contain mild abrasives or chemicals that help remove surface stains and prevent new ones from forming. However, it’s important to note that whitening toothpaste alone may not be sufficient to achieve significant teeth whitening. It is often used in conjunction with other whitening methods for better results.

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Safe and Long-Lasting Professional Teeth Whitening at Eilertsen Dental Care

Teeth whitening is a safe cosmetic procedure, especially when performed by a professional. If you’re interested in brightening your smile, come visit the experts at Eilertsen Dental Care in Inverness. Our friendly and skilled team will give you the smile of your dreams in just one visit. Or, we can provide you with whitening gel and customised trays for you to use at home.

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Shirley WilliamsonShirley Williamson
17:10 05 May 23
Excellent serviceFrom the reception, nurses, Hygienist, and of course Dr Eilertsen, the whole team put me at ease making my experience a pleasure.I would highly recommend Eilertsen Dental Care if you’re looking for the best look no further.
Martin BullardMartin Bullard
09:36 17 Feb 23
Dental care is of the highest quality at Eilertsen. Even the longer procedures have been expertly handled, pain free and with excellent after care. I recommend this practice to anyone in the Inverness area who seeks the best that dentistry can offer.
Alasdair MackenzieAlasdair Mackenzie
09:24 17 Feb 23
Great dentist and hygienist, however the waiting room had no wifi (and no signal) which meant I couldn’t work when waiting. When I asked if there was wifi, I was just told ‘no’ by the receptionist. I was going to add a suggestion to the box, but there was no pen.
Debbie TDebbie T
15:24 14 Nov 22
So glad I found Eilertsen Dental Care! Great peace of mind belonging to their scheme, knowing my teeth will be so well looked after. Very professional and friendly—the staff really put you at ease. Never had such good dental care and thoroughly recommend.
Duncan MackayDuncan Mackay
08:20 07 Sep 22
I have attended this practice for many years and I never fail to be impressed by the quality of the work carried out by both the dentists and the dental hygienists. Procedures are explained clearly and in such a friendly manner. And most importantly despite having some major work carried out on a few occasions I did not feel any pain during, or after, the treatment. I would also like to pont out that the reception staff are so efficient, friendly and most helpful. This is an outstanding dental practice.

How to Visit Us for Teeth Whitening in Inverness

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