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Bleachorexia

Posted in Teeth Whitening

If you need proof that teeth whitening products work, just take a look at some of the before and after pictures you see around the web. The differences in same cases can be quite amazing. Post treatment, most people have noticeably brighter, whiter smiles and, seemingly, better self esteem.

But when the need to whiten becomes an obsession, the consequences can be quite disastrous. The American Dental Association has a coined a name for it – bleachorexia -and industry experts say it’s a troubling trend. When bleaching goes to far, they say, it can actually harm your teeth.

Following are a list of possible adverse effects from over-bleaching:

  • Instead of becoming whiter, teeth can actually become translucent, dull and weak. This means that enamel has eroded and teeth can become more prone to decay and other problems.
  • Your teeth can become hypersensitive to hot and cold temperatures. Eating ice cream or drinking hot tea can actually be quite painful. Even going outside in the cold weather can exacerbate tooth sensitivity. A common issue with over-bleachers, this problem usually goes away when you stop using bleach.
  • Not just your teeth, but your gums and mouth can become irritated by the bleach. Again, this will go away when bleach use ceases.

No matter if you are using an in-office or an at-home bleaching system, it is always best to consult a dentist beforehand and use ADA approved methods, following directions carefully, especially on recommended frequency. And if you think you’ve gone too far with your efforts to whiten and brighten your smile, stop whitening right away and talk to your dentist.

Posted on behalf of Toothmasters

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