Are There Risks With Teeth Whitening?

Are There Risks With Teeth Whitening?

Who doesn’t want a brilliant smile to show off? With the numerous options that are available for teeth whitening, having a nice smile is very easy to own, but what about the downside of teeth whitening? With all good things, there are always risk factors and negative effects, but knowing what your options are will make it easier for you and your dentist to make the best decision for your teeth and health.

Risk factors

Tooth sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is the most common annoyance to experience in the teeth whitening process. Due to levels of exposure to the dentin layer (otherwise known as the second layer of the tooth), sensitivity or soreness will occur during and shortly after the procedure.

To calm tooth sensitivity after whitening applications, one may want to try a toothpaste or gel that is specifically made to desensitize. It is also suggested that instead of brushing teeth after whitening applications, to brush them before in order to reduce the risk of further irritation to the teeth.


Depending on the type of procedure, and how discolored the teeth are, there is the possibility for an undesirable result. Heavily stained teeth may require more than one treatment, and additional maintenance, which in turn can place the teeth at risk of sensitivity in the teeth and gums. Oddly enough, whitening the teeth too often can yield discoloration results as well, such as grey or translucent undertones.

Gum irritation

If your gums are exposed to the whitening solution, there is a chance that the gums, or soft tissue, will become irritated. Although this a short-term effect, the soft tissue may experience inflammation, redness, and in more extreme cases pain and bleeding.

To avoid any irritations or chemicals burns from whitening, it is suggested to immediately wipe off any excess product away for the gums. For future uses, using custom fit molds and less bleaching solution for whitening applications can help reduce or even eliminate exposure to gums.

For those that have had or may experience gum irritation from whitening, there are remedies to help with pain management. Swishing and rinsing with warm salt water can help accelerate the healing process when there are chemical burns present. If any burning occurs, using oils that contain Vitamin E, will minimize and help the healing process of the area.

If a chemical burn, bleeding, inflammation, or redness continues to occur after whitening procedures, it may be a better option to stop whitening applications until the gums return to a normal state.

Want to whiten your teeth but are still concerned about the risk? Call us today!

Speaking with a dentist to seek the benefits and negatives of whitening your teeth will play a key role in choosing the best easy going solution to brighten your smile! Call us today, our friendly staff would be more than willing to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. We look forward to brightening your smile and day!

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