When a patient chooses a teeth whitening system like ZOOM!, the end result is typically a more beautiful smile, and sometimes those results can be achieved in as little as an hour.
Teeth whitening works because a bleaching gel that is applied to the teeth eliminates stains. However, the treatment can have some unintended effects for some patients.
Before undergoing your teeth whitening treatment, you should talk to your cosmetic dentist about some of the potential side effects that you can experience and your relative risk of those side effects.
The most common problem that occurs with teeth whitening is increased tooth sensitivity, and even this issue is typically temporary when it does arise. Your gum tissue may also become slightly sensitive after a tooth whitening treatment.
Fortunately, patients can be proactive about this aspect of teeth whitening. When planning a whitening treatment, you may want to use a toothpaste specially formulated for sensitive teeth for a few days before the treatment and after the treatment to minimize this symptom.
Additionally, patients should not be overzealous about teeth whitening. The bleaching gels are too strong for patients’ teeth to be exposed to them on, say, a weekly basis. After your initial treatment, you should not need touchups any more frequently than every four to six months. It can be tempting to bleach your teeth more often, but it’s not safe to do so.
The potential side effects of teeth whitening treatments offer patients another compelling reason to choose interventions monitored by a qualified cosmetic dentist rather than over-the-counter systems used at home. If you experience teeth whitening side effects when working with a cosmetic dentist, that dentist can give you tips and strategies for managing your symptoms.
A simple tooth whitening treatment can have a major impact on your smile’s appearance. To benefit fully from this treatment, work with your cosmetic dentist at East Hills Dental Associates to reduce your risk of teeth whitening side effects and develop a plan for dealing with these outcomes if they occur.