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Teeth Whitening Side Effects – What Should I Expect?

Teeth Whitening Side Effects – What Should I Expect?

Teeth Whitening Side Effects – What Should I Expect?

It is not uncommon for patients to be dissatisfied with the color of the teeth. As patients age and the enamel becomes worn down, the teeth become more susceptible to surface stains. Foods and beverages can easily cause the teeth to become stained or discolored, leaving patients with teeth that are several shades away from the bright, white color they desire. Teeth whitening removes stains and discoloration to give patients a more aesthetically pleasing smile. However, many patients are concerned about the side effects that may be experienced after treatment. Fortunately, teeth whitening side effects are minimal, while results are significant. To learn more about teeth whitening side effects, contact our Chicago practice.

Side Effects of Professional Teeth Whitening

Dr. Kohler offers two forms of professional teeth whitening treatment: in-office and at-home. In both cases, the bleaching agents that are in the teeth whitening products are strong and have the ability to brighten and whiten the teeth by up to several shades. Because of the strength of these bleaching agents, the most common side effect of professional teeth whitening is increased tooth sensitivity. This is a temporary side effect that should last little more than a few days. During this time, patients may be especially sensitive to extreme temperatures and may feel increased sensations while brushing. If this sensitivity causes discomfort, patients should use toothpaste that is designed for sensitivity until the teeth have fully recovered.

Because professional teeth whitening is a supervised procedure and our at-home kits contain custom-fit whitening trays, the soft tissues of the mouth remain protected. As a result, few patients experience gum sensitivity after treatment with us.

Side Effects of Over-the-counter Teeth Whitening

If used correctly and exactly as directed, over-the-counter teeth whitening should result in the same minimal side effects as professional teeth whitening. Unfortunately, over-the-counter teeth whitening often results in user error, which can lead to increased side effects of treatment. Because non-professional, at-home treatments often have whitening trays that are ill-fitting, patients who are performing their own teeth whitening treatment may experience sensitivity or injury of the soft tissues of the mouth (including the gums, lips, or tongue). This irritation, which is a result of a chemical burn, may vary in severity depending on how long the soft tissues were exposed to the bleaching agents, and how strong those bleaching agents are. When using these over-the-counter products, it is important to explicitly follow the provided instructions in order to avoid unwanted complications.

Benefits of Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is considered one of the safest cosmetic dentistry procedures, and has a great impact on the overall appearance of the smile. Professional teeth whitening in particular can significantly whiten the teeth in as little as one dental treatment, leaving patients with a bright, white smile that they are proud to share with others.

Schedule an Appointment

If you are looking for a fast, safe, and easy way to improve the appearance of your smile, consider professional teeth whitening. Dr. Craig S. Kohler can offer you dramatic teeth whitening results in as little as one hour. To learn more about our professional teeth whitening services, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kohler at your earliest convenience.