Is it possible to have teeth that are too white? Or for someone to actually be addicted to whitening their teeth? It is, and the condition even has a name – bleachorexia. Bleachorexia is the latest concern among aesthetically driven teeth whitening consumers as they are on the hunt for the whitest, brightest smile possible.
Most bleachorexics use over the counter products or whitening treatments that they buy online. They repeatedly whiten and re-whiten their teeth more than the recommended dose. This can create side effects like:
If excessive, daily bleaching materials are used, the tooth enamel could become dehydrated and lead to other types of problems. Although whitening is essentially safe, it must always be used as directed. Whitening without the supervision of a trusted dentist could result in complications that you otherwise wouldn’t expect.
Unfortunately, bleachorexics often do not have the whiter teeth that they really wanted, and if they do, those teeth are extremely sensitive. Store-bought whitening solutions may claim to be as effective as professional whitening gels, but the truth is they are different types of solutions altogether. Too much of the solution used over the counter may cause a disruption in the healthy bacteria inside of our mouths, leading to a risk of oral infections, bad breath, or even unsightly tissue changes.
To get the very best results in the safest manner possible, professional teeth whitening treatments are your best choice. A professional whitening treatment will also save you money, as touch-ups are needed far less frequently. Ask your dentist about same-day whitening or a customized home kit.
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