Damaging Effects of Over-Whitening the Teeth
Teeth whitening is popular with people of all ages, but using the wrong products or whitening too frequently can damage your teeth. Natural teeth have translucent white enamel over a darker layer of dentin. The dentin can deepen in color over time, and the enamel can thin. This can lead to darker-looking teeth. Stains from coffee, tea, and other substances can further discolor your teeth, leading you to seek solutions. Before you turn to tooth bleaching, here is what you need to know.
The risks of over-whitening can include increased sensitivity, root damage, and gum irritation. Seeking professional advice before applying tooth bleach to your teeth can help reduce the risks. Our cosmetic dentist in Northridge will evaluate your teeth and gums to ensure you are a good candidate for the procedure. We can also recommend specific treatments. Yellow teeth tend to respond most dramatically to whitening procedures, but we are often able to achieve attractive results for patients with gray or brown stains, too.
Professional whitening treatments are generally recommended over over-the-counter treatments. That is because professional treatments are always performed under the direct supervision of a dental professional to reduce the risk of complications. Professional treatments also work faster, making sensitivity and gum irritation far less likely. We are able to adjust the whitening to ensure the best possible results without risk to your teeth or gums.
If you want a whiter, healthier smile, we can help. Give us a call today to schedule your whitening consultation.