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Teeth Whitener Risks

The Dangers of Teeth Whiteners

by admin on September 14, 2015

In recent years, the cosmetic practice of whitening teeth has grown by leaps and bounds. While professional teeth whitening procedures done at the dentist office has been around for some time, now affordable over-the-counter versions have cropped up everywhere. The demand for these products is great enough that not only do local pharmacies carry them, but the big box stores do as well. Is this ease in availability of teeth whitening products a good thing or are there dangers consumers should be aware of?
In general, teeth whitening procedures are not known for damaging teeth or gums or for causing any problems. This is because the dangers that come from such are not resulting from the professional procedures done by a dentist, but are the results of consumers’ overuse or improper use of over-the-counter teeth whiteners. The drugstore teeth whitening kits that are so readily available are not dangerous, per se. They have, in fact, been deemed safe to use up to twice per year. It is when consumers disregard the frequency of such applications that damages can result.
Improper use of amateur teeth whitening agents can lead to various damages do the teeth and mouth. Damages such as gum irritation, teeth enamel that has a bluish tint to it and tooth sensitivity can easily occur when the over-the-counter products are used too much and too often. If the tooth whitening chemicals get down into the tiny cracks and crevices of teeth, into undiscovered cavities, there can be serious pain and long term internal damage. Getting the teeth whiter and whiter has become a body image obsession for some people. This leads to the improper abuse of the whitening agents and therefore leads to harmful effects.
Significant damage can result when teeth whiteners are over used. Some of these results are things such as extreme temperature sensitivity to both hot and cold substances and even tooth loss if the damage is great enough. If the whitening agent spills from the provided tray, it can seriously burn the mouth and highly irritate the stomach. The best way to prevent problems like this, as well as protect the teeth from permanent damage, is to see your dentist and have the procedures done professionally. The dentist can ensure safety and control frequency, therefore preventing accidents and long-term tooth damage. Teeth whitening can be a great cosmetic benefit when properly used, for your smile is a worthy investment.

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There are a few things you should know about teeth whitening treatments before you dive head first into putting product on your teeth.
Technically, if they are used correctly, teeth whiteners won’t do very much damage to your teeth. Most of the time, the risks of these treatments are basically minor and benign. Since the effect on fetuses and pregnant women are as of yet unknown, it is still crucial that pregnant or lactating women do not use products. If you have questions, ask a dentist or other oral care professional. They will know about the different types of teeth whitening treatments, and will be able to inform you that certain products are not for you, based on variables such as how sensitive your teeth are, or if you have gum disease, etc.

Teeth whiteners are not a 100% effective and long lasting treatment. You may need to whiten for several days in a row to achieve your desired shade. Keep away from tobacco products and colored beverages such as red wine, coffee, and teas.

There are generally three different types of risks found with teeth bleaching, but usually this can be avoided by simply taking care not to use a product that is too strong, or leave it in for too long.

Whitening products have not been reported to harm the enamel, and it is safe for dental restoration hardware such as bridges, crowns, and fillings. However, take note that dental restorations are not going to be whitened. This could lead to some unevenness in the shade of your teeth.

Whiteners are also harmless to the nerves that lie deep inside the pulp of the teeth. One study showed that after 4 and a half to 7 years of followup after teeth whitening, no one that was using a whitening product needed to have a root canal to repair any damage to the nerves of their teeth.

In short, teeth whitening products are very safe and effective, just make sure that they are used properly and that any warnings are heeded.

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Teeth Whitener Risks

by admin on August 3, 2015

With bleaching, there are risks that need to be taken into account. Generally speaking, teeth whitener products are more or less safe for people, but there can be side effects to leaving a treatment in too long, or having a treatment that is too intense, or to having too high of a concentration of the chemical. Three very prominent risks are

  • Chemical burns, if the concentration is too high. Usually a hydrogen peroxide gel is a 10% concentration, and carbamide peroxide gel is 6% concentration. Keep this in mind as you read the packages of teeth whitener, and remember that if it is too high of concentration, then it might cause some damage to your Mucous Membranes
  • Overbleaching is caused when you leave the product in your mouth for well over the period of time proscribed on the label, and you end up with “over-bright teeth”. In the box above, you can see a short (1 minute and change) video clip of my favorite episode of NCIS, where the main character actually did this and ended up with over-white teeth.
  • If you’re using a product that guarantees several shades whiter in one hour, it’s probably too good to be true. It may last for an hour or so, then “rebound” will occur and your teeth will go back to their former color. Experts have found that a one-hour dentist’s chair session can cause a complete rebound within seven days! As the teeth rehydrate, they go back to being yellowed.

The product in teeth whitener bleaches is generally not harmful in the low doses that are proscribed. Do not use if you are pregnant, nursing, or a child. If you have questions, ask your dentist or other oral care professional. The best source of information are the people who have gone to dentistry school and know all about these products. They are a great resource to turn to when you need advice regarding the risk of at home whitening products.

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