What You Need to Know About Teeth Whitening


Follow Dr. E’s teeth whitening recommendations and avoid teeth whitening dangers

Everyone yearns for a set of glistening pearly whites. In fact, teeth whitening (or teeth bleaching) means big business in the U.S. and abroad. Cosmetic teeth whitening is a $3.2 billion global industry and, according to the American Dental Association, bleaching is the most requested procedure among patients ages 40-60 years old.  In addition, over-the-counter whitening toothpastes are always the most popular toothpastes to fly off drugstore shelves.

But can too much whitening be dangerous?  Is there a right way to approach teeth whitening? Dr. E assesses the dangers and also shares her top tips for a whiter, brighter smile.

The Risks and Dangers of Teeth Whitening

Most dentists caution patients NOT to take the DIY approach when it comes to tooth whitening. Why? The risk of overdoing teeth bleaching is common, causing the stripping away of vital tooth enamel and potential overexposure to peroxide and other tooth whitening chemicals. This excessive use can further lead to inflammation and sever tooth pain, as well as gum tissue irritation and tooth sensitivity. In essence, the higher the concentration of the bleaching agent used, the higher the risk of developing these symptoms.

In severe cases of teeth overbleaching, patients may develop an obsessive and unhealthy condition known as bleachorexia. These patients will whiten their teeth again and again, bleaching compulsively in order to maintain what they deem to be “white enough” teeth. Complications from bleachorexia include tooth pain and hypersensitivity, enamel erosion, and the possibility of teeth becoming bluish or translucent.

The Best Way to Approach Teeth Whitening

Is there a right way to whiten teeth? Simply put, some patients are ideal candidates for professional teeth whitening and some are not. That’s why it’s crucial to consult your dentist if you’re interested in a teeth whitening program.  Studies consistently show that dentist-prescribed whitening programs are the safest and most reliable way to yield great results and improve your smile. Your dentist will evaluate the state of your oral health, discuss your goals, and develop a customized teeth whitening game plan.

Dr. E’s Safe and Proven Approach to Teeth Whitening

For example, Dr. E has two options to help patients safely achieve the amount of whiteness they desire—either in her office or at home. With the in-office Zoom treatment, the gel is applied to your teeth and an LED light accelerates the results, giving you up to eight shades whiter teeth in about 45 minutes! If you opt for at-home treatment, you will be fitted with custom trays and a Zoom gel whitening kit.  These methods help ensure that the bleach stays in safe contact with the teeth to maximize whitening while minimizing the risk of too much bleach exposure within the gums and mouth tissues – in contrast to the one-size-fits-all trays sold over the counter that promise great results but can also potentially overexpose patients to oral health risks.

Remember, when it comes to teeth whitening, too much can be dangerous. Professional whitening services administered by your dentist offer a safe and proven approach to help you improve your smile and self-confidence.

Learn more about Dr. E’s teeth whitening services here: https://drefamilydental.com/teeth-whitening/

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