Home whitening kits are available at just about ever supermarket and corner store. Even with big name brands to back them, how do you know if they will be safe and effective when it comes to your smile? Following the manufacturers instructions is very important, but even then some types of complications may arise:
If the whitening gel comes into contact with your gums, it can burn them. These chemical burns may be anything from mild sensitivity or tissue bleaching to very sore, red lesions. With an improper fit or application, whitening gel can easily make its way onto your gums. The stronger the gel is said to be, the more risk their is.
“One size fits some” whitening treatments won’t provide you with the close contact of a professional whitening treatment. Loosely fitted trays or strips typically leave large areas of the teeth untouched, causing irregular whitening patterns. As you whiten longer in an attempt to get even results, problems like sensitivity begin to develop.
Whitening your teeth before having your dentist check them may put you at risk for nerve irritation or tooth sensitivity. Areas like cavities or exposed root surfaces should be checked by your dentist before ever beginning a whitening regimen. Although the weaker-strength gel shouldn’t physically damage the tooth, severe sensitivity is a common side effect.
Having a whiter smile doesn’t have to be hard. Your dentist offers a variety of safe, effective whitening treatments that will give you better results than any over-the-counter whitening product. Schedule a check-up with your dentist to find out which options are best for you.
Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
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