If you are looking to alter your smile without surgery then teeth whitening may be a good option. In this post, our Surrey dentists talk about the different options for teeth whitening and what the potential side effects are.
What are the benefits of professional teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure, so it does not have any oral health benefits. That said, many people find they feel more confident in revealing their smile if their teeth are white and having a bright, white smile can encourage you to keep up with a great at-home oral hygiene routine.
As we age, our teeth can become discoloured for numerous reasons, whether as a result of our drinking or eating habits, smoking cigarettes or taking certain medications. Some patients also have tooth decay or damage.
Professional teeth whitening is a great way to quickly and non-invasively alter the appearance of your teeth.
Professional Teeth Whitening Options
The dentists at our clinic are often asked if there is more than one option for teeth whitening. Patients at our dental clinic in Surrey have two choices for teeth whitening:
- Professional at-home bleaching kits offered by your dentist
- Teeth whitening products are available over the counter, without supervision from your dentist
What are the side effects of teeth whitening?
While the chance of experiencing side effects with professional teeth whitening is low, there are a few mild side effects that you have the possibility of experiencing. these side effects are:
After completion of the teeth whitening treatment, you may notice an increased sensitivity to temperature. The sensitivity will likely not last more than a week or two. In the meantime, ask your dentist about products that can help. They recommend products containing potassium nitrate and sodium fluoride to treat sensitivity.
You may notice a temporary irritation in your gums after teeth whitening if the solution has come into contact with them. This side effect should not last very long once the treatment is complete and the solution is no longer in contact with your gums.
Things You should Know About Professional Teeth Whitening
One of the main things to keep in mind is that teeth whitening is not permanent and you will need to continue with touch-ups in order to keep new stains from forming. Also remember that teeth whitening will not work on restorations such as crowns, bridges, implants and dentures.
Ask your dentist whether teeth whitening is right for you. If you have certain dental work in progress or active cavities are an issue, your dentist may recommend against this procedure.
Teeth whitening methods approved by your dentist are considered safe. Before doing any treatment, always discuss with your dentist and pick the one that matches your needs. It is important to remember to follow your dentist's instructions closely and contact your dentist right away if you have questions, concerns or side effects.