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Tooth Whitening Problems and Limitations

May 21st, 2009 — 9:13am

Tooth whitening does have a few problems and limitations. They are described below.

Sensitivity in the Teeth and Gums: Tooth and gum sensitivity are the two most common symptoms from tooth whitening. An ill-fitting mouth tray is usually the cause of gum irritation. Tooth sensitivity generally arises when you initially begin the whitening procedure.
If you experience either of these symptoms, they can be decreased by following these steps.

* If you are using a tray, trying using it for shorter periods of time or less frequently. The results are the same but it takes longer.
* Discontinue use for a couple of days before beginning the treatments again.
* Utilize toothpaste that is prepared for susceptible teeth. Such toothpastes utilize potassium nitrate which eases the nerve endings of your teeth.
* Ask your dentist to give you fluoride products to shield and remove the minerals in your teeth. This product should be worn before and after treatments. Your dentist will provide more information about this.
*Over-the-counter products can treat gum irritation.
Certain people have more sensitivity in their mouths. Though, approximately half the people who use whitening products experience some minor tooth sensitivity or gum pain.

Composite Fillings, Crowns, and Veneers: Teeth whitening is not effective on crowns, veneers or composite fillings. If you don’t replace the veneer or crown, the result may leave you with teeth of varying colors. It is recommended to have any composite work done prior to whitening your teeth. If you don’t it will have to be removed.
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