There’s no doubt that a gleaming, white smile is attractive. And, with teeth whitening treatments available at every drugstore and superstore, it’s easy to think that this readily available treatment is hazard free.
Teeth whitening can be safe and effective when done as prescribed. But, whether done at your dentist’s office or with an over-the-counter product, there are do’s and don’ts to avoid complications.
The American Dental Association recommends that a cosmetic dentist be your first stop when contemplating tooth whitening, and for good reason. A loose filling or cavity could allow the bleaching agent to seep into the tooth’s root, causing extreme pain and, potentially, damaging the root permanently. In some cases, root canal treatment would be needed to save the tooth.
Dr. Thomas G. Zarger, serving the Knoxville area, can advise you on how to avoid teeth whitening risks. A practicing cosmetic dentist serving Knoxville, Maryville, and Oak Ridge, Tennessee, for more than 30 years, he can help you achieve a whiter smile while avoiding complications.
If your teeth are healthy, side effects from tooth whitening are usually temporary. The two most common side effects are:
Other side effects include:
Side effects are normally temporary, but misuse of whitening products can permanently damage teeth.
Over bleaching teeth can turn teeth dull grey or translucent. With continued misuse, the enamel erodes off, making teeth weak and brittle. The damage is permanent. You may also destroy gum tissue or accelerate gum recession, which can expose tooth roots and make them susceptible to decay.
If you want to improve your smile safely, please call our offices. We would be happy to determine if the discoloration on your teeth is the type that will respond to whiteners, and explain how you can avoid negative side effects.