Are you considering improving the appearance of your teeth and wondering if teeth whitening has any side effects? Today, our Vancouver dentists discuss possible side effects, the procedure's overall safety, and what you and your dentist can do to alleviate any discomfort.
Why would I whiten my teeth?
Since teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure, it does not offer any benefits for your oral health. However, many people find they feel more confident when smiling if their teeth are white, and having a sparkling white smile can encourage you to keep up with an excellent at-home oral hygiene routine.
Teeth can become discoloured as we age due to a variety of factors including diet, medication, and smoking. Damage or decay occurs in some patients.
Teeth whitening is one method of reducing discolouration. The procedure is safe and effective.
What are my teeth whitening options?
Professional whitening treatments can be obtained from your dentist, or over-the-counter whitening products can be purchased from your local pharmacy.
The following are the three most common whitening methods:
- Professional bleaching is provided in-office by your dentist (we use Spa-Dent Whitening for quick removal of stains and effective results).
- Professional at-home bleaching kits offered by your dentist
- Teeth whitening products are available over the counter, without supervision from your dentist
What are the potential side effects of teeth whitening?
The majority of teeth whitening side effects are temporary and minor. The following are common side effects:
If the teeth whitening solution comes into contact with your gums, it may cause temporary irritation. This side effect will most likely resolve within a few days of your treatment.
After your teeth whitening treatment, you may notice that your teeth are more sensitive. This sensitivity will likely only last a few days. Between now and then, your dentist can recommend products containing sodium fluoride and potassium nitrate.
Remember that teeth whitening isn't permanent and you'll need touch-ups. Remember that teeth whitening does not work on bridges, crowns, dentures, or implants.
Consult your dentist about teeth whitening. Your dentist may advise against this procedure if you have ongoing dental work or active cavities.
Dentist-approved teeth whitening is safe. Discuss your options with your dentist and pick the best one for you. Always read the product's instructions and contact your dentist if you have any problems.