Damage from Whitening the Teeth Too Often
Teeth whitening is a fast way to better looks, and the prevalence of lifestyle factors that stain teeth can tempt patients to whiten their teeth frequently. Unfortunately, overwhitening the teeth can actually cause damage to the teeth and gums. This is particularly true with over-the-counter whitening products.
Damage Caused by Overwhitening Teeth
Tooth sensitivity is the most common type of damage seen in patients who whiten their teeth too often. Depending on the patient, the sensitivity may react to foods and drinks that are hot, cold, sweet, sour or all of these. With over-the-counter products, the culprit is often abrasive substances that grind away stains and, ultimately, enamel. Professional whitening formulas contain peroxides that can also cause sensitivity when used improperly or in excess. In some cases, patients may also suffer from irritation of the gums and other soft tissues in the mouth.
Professional Whitening Versus Store-Bought Kits
Patients who visit our expert in teeth whitening in San Fernando Valley are less likely to experience damage compared to those who use store-bought teeth whiteners. In addition to offering protective barriers that block the gums from the peroxides, in-office whitening includes professional supervision by our dentist. Furthermore, results from professional whitening last longer so that patients do not feel the need for frequent touch-ups.
Patients who are highly prone to damage from teeth whitening can ask our dentist about fluoride treatments, which strengthen the teeth and help them recover from whitening-induced sensitivity. To learn more about how overly frequent teeth whitening can cause damage, patients can schedule a consultation with our dentist.
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