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Merits and demerits associated with teeth whitening procedures

Sunday, July 12   Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry  by admin  Tagged #Dentine sensitivity, #teeth whitening, #Tooth wear

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Aesthetic dentistry procedures have gained popularity in the recent decade. People want to get whiter and brighter teeth in order to enhance their facial profile and smile value. Teeth whitening and bleaching procedures are in demand especially among celebrities and people working in the lime light. Cosmetic dentistry has established itself as an equally important discipline of dental health sciences. Intrinsic and extrinsic tooth discolorations owing to excessive fluoride levels in the drinking water, use of antibiotics during growth periods in infants, coffee and tea drinking, smoking cigarettes and tooth trauma leading to pulp necrosis require the application of tooth whitening and bleaching treatments. For severe intrinsic stains in which tooth whitening techniques cannot achieve the required results, more aggressive procedures such as veneers and crowns are indicated.

Teeth whitening techniques provide you with a lively smile within a short period of time but these are associated with a few side effects as well. However, these procedures are beneficial when risk versus benefit ratio is evaluated. Some degree of tooth sensitivity has been observed following bleaching sessions due to the penetration of low PH bleaching agents and exposure of dentine in some cases. Tooth sensitivity is temporary and it goes away with time. Dental health professionals advise use of fluoridated gels and toothpastes during bleaching sessions to relieve sensitive teeth. Soft tissue irritation occurs if bleaching agent comes in direct contact with the gums. Among the most important drawbacks of teeth whitening procedures is the achievement of unsatisfactory results and relapse of desired results. Frequent touch up appointments must be scheduled from time to time.

A whiter smile doesn’t come without a list of possible side effects associated with tooth whitening products. Even though tooth whitening is considered to be a relatively safe procedure, this list of tooth whitening side effects should be considered before you make the decision to whiten your teeth.

Most people that use tooth whitening products experience little to no side effects and are satisfied with the results, but yes, there are many people that may encounter one or more of the following side effects associated with teeth whitening:

Before you decide to whiten your teeth, it is best to consult with your dentist. Your dentist will assess your teeth to see if you are an ideal candidate for tooth whitening procedures, and from there, you can choose whether or not you opt for professional in-office whitening, professional take-home whitening, or over-the-counter tooth whitening options.