Over-Whitening Your Teeth Can Lead to Problems
Everyone wants a beautiful, white smile. When it comes to bleaching your teeth- don’t overdo it! Dr. Todd Anderson of Richardson’s Fresh Dental warns that while effective and safe, teeth whitening in excess can cause problems. Dr. Anderson explains that the easy availability of at home bleaching kits contributes to misuse and overuse of this cosmetic dental treatment. Some of the problems that can arise with excessive teeth bleaching are:
- Weakened or porous enamel
- Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold
- Damage to dental restorations such as fillings
- Discoloration and increased “transparency” of tooth structure
- Chalky white spots on teeth
Over Using Bleaching Products
Just because a dental whitening kit is sold without a prescription, does not make it 100% safe. Like any over the counter pharmaceutical product, whitening gels must be used according to the product instructions.
Excessive whitening can lead to weakened enamel which makes teeth more susceptible to decay. In addition, too much bleaching can cause the teeth to discolor, appearing more transparent or even chalky. As we age, the interior structures in teeth darken and over-bleaching can make this darkened area more visible. A person without dental expertise may attempt to continue to whiten the darkened teeth, making the problem worse instead of better.
Tooth sensitivity is a common side-effect of teeth whitening. Using a whitening product in excess can make teeth extra sensitive. Your dentist may recommend using a strong fluoride treatment after whitening procedures in order to help prevent sensitivity associated with bleaching.
Professional Teeth Whitening is Safe and Affordable
The best way to avoid problems with dental whitening treatments is use bleaching products under the supervision of a dentist. Your dentist is trained to evaluate your dental condition and manage your treatments in order to help prevent unwanted side effects and complications. Dr. Anderson tells his patients that professional teeth whitening is one of the most successful and cost effective cosmetic dental procedures available today. When used appropriately, it is an extremely safe and effective cosmetic dental procedure.