Tooth Whitening Problems and Limitations

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.

Gum Disease, Cavities, or Worn Tooth Enamel: Teeth whitening bleach may be ineffective on people with gum disease, cavities, or worn tooth enamel.

Tetracycline Staining: Your teeth may not respond particularly well to teeth bleaching treatment if they have been discolored by tetracycline. However, it does make a difference if you have prolonged treatment.

Age: Whitening the teeth of children under 16 is not recommended. During this stage of development, the teeth are still developing and the nerves are enlarged. Teeth whitening can cause tooth sensitivity, and can even possibly damage their teeth.

Pregnancy: Women who are pregnant or lactating are a advised by dentists not to do teeth whitening. Ingesting even the minimum quantity of whitening bleach may be injurious to a fetus.

Allergies: If someone is allergic to peroxide they should avoid using a teeth whitening product.

Some people think that they can expect overnight results. They are usually disappointed. Results vary depending on the person’s heredity, the state of the teeth, and the whitening system utilized. Remember, that the results of teeth whitening are not permanent. If you are fortunate, after a year or so you will be require to again undergo treatment.

Having said this, teeth whitening is an excellent, inexpensive method to obtain a pleasant smile.

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