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Everyone wants bright, white teeth. A beautiful smile makes you confident and leaves a good first impression on the people you meet, which is why teeth whitening has become so popular in recent decades. Having your teeth professionally whitened in our office is the safest way to brighten your smile, but there are a variety of at-home whitening products on the market that produce desirable results as well. The problem with these products, however, is that overuse can be harmful to your teeth. Here are a few of the potential side effects that come with whitening your teeth too much.
Increased sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks is a common side effect that many people experience after whitening their teeth, both at home and in our office. For most people, this increased sensitivity subsides after a few days, but some people experience lasting sensitivity after whitening their teeth. It is likely that the more you use at-home whitening products, the greater your chances are of dealing with heightened tooth sensitivity. If you already have sensitive teeth, over-whitening could be especially uncomfortable for you.
Many at-home whitening products contain peroxide as a bleaching agent. Excessive exposure to peroxide, which occurs if you leave the whitening products on your teeth longer than the instructions tell you to, can cause your enamel to wear down. Loss of enamel not only leaves your teeth more vulnerable to cavities and decay, but it can also give your teeth a translucent appearance. Thin, translucent enamel exposes more of the yellowish dentin underneath, which negates the desired whitening effect.
Gum and Throat Irritation
Abusing at-home whitening products can be harmful to more than just your teeth. Your gums and throat can also feel the effects of peroxide when exposed to this chemical for too long. Your gums may become red and irritated and can even bleed.
If you want to use at-home whitening products, you should always consult with us first and strictly follow all instructions for safe use. Call our office today to find out how we can brighten your smile.
The first step to a healthy beautiful smile is to schedule an appointment.
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