Just about everyone can benefit from teeth whitening. The majority of people with yellow, stained teeth experience a brighter smile after a whitening treatment. If you are interested in teeth whitening but concerned about risks, the most serious but unlikely risks are:
- Gum irritation. More likely to occur with take-home kits, gum irritation can be caused by whitening trays and the lack of gum protection provided by these trays.
- Tooth sensitivity. Associated with bleach-containing whitening, tooth sensitivity is more likely to affect people with gum recession or fractured teeth. In most cases, the sensitivity is mild. We may suggest toothpaste for sensitive teeth, and you should have normal sensitivity within a few days.
- Uneven coloring of restorations. If you have certain restorations, including porcelain veneers, your whitened natural teeth may look different than your restorations. Restorations do not respond to whitening agents, so you should whiten your teeth before receiving restorations, if possible.
For most people, teeth whitening does not cause serious problems. You can reduce your risk of these complications by consulting an experienced cosmetic dentist to learn whether you have any risk factors, such as gum recession or porcelain restorations. At Desert Smiles Cosmetic & Sedation Dentistry, we care about your smile. After examining your teeth, we inform you of what you can expect from tooth whitening. Our patients love their brighter, whiter smiles after whitening. If you live in or around Glendale, Arizona and are interested in teeth whitening, please contact experienced cosmetic dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox to schedule a consultation at Desert Smiles Cosmetic & Sedation Dentistry.