If you are feeling like your smile is looking a little dull then you might be wondering what your options are. In this post, our Delta dentists discuss professional teeth whitening as well as the benefits and potential side effects.
What are the main benefits of having your teeth professionally whitened?
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure, so it does not have any oral health benefits. A healthy-looking, white smile can also help initiate good oral hygiene habits. Basically, when your teeth are bright and white then you are more likely to keep up with brushing and flossing in order to help keep them that way.
As we age, our teeth can become discoloured for numerous reasons, whether as a result of our drinking or eating habits, smoking cigarettes or taking certain medications. Tooth decay can also contribute to teeth looking less than healthy.
If you would like to brighten your smile without the need for invasive procedures then professional teeth whitening may be the right choice for you.
What are the options for professional teeth whitening?
Our patients commonly ask if they have multiple options when considering teeth whitening. Patients at our dental clinic in Delta have two choices for teeth whitening:
- Professional at-home bleaching kits offered by your dentist
- Teeth whitening products are available over the counter, without supervision from your dentist
The Potential Side Effects of Teeth Whitening
The risks associated with professional teeth whitening are very low, but there is still a chance that you may experience concerns. Luckily, these should be mild and diminish fairly quickly. Some of the most common side effects of teeth whitening are:
After completion of the teeth whitening treatment, you may notice an increased sensitivity to temperature. The sensitivity will likely not last more than a week or two. In the meantime, ask your dentist about products that can help. They recommend products containing potassium nitrate and sodium fluoride to treat sensitivity.
You may notice a temporary irritation in your gums after teeth whitening if the solution has come into contact with them. This side effect should not last very long once the treatment is complete and the solution is no longer in contact with your gums.
More Information about Professional Teeth Whitening
One of the main things to keep in mind is that teeth whitening is not permanent and you will need to continue with touch-ups in order to keep new stains from forming. Also remember that teeth whitening will not work on restorations such as crowns, bridges, implants and dentures.
Ask your dentist whether teeth whitening is right for you. If you have certain dental work in progress or active cavities are an issue, your dentist may recommend against this procedure.
Teeth whitening methods approved by your dentist are considered safe. Before doing any treatment, always discuss with your dentist and pick the one that matches your needs. It is important to remember to follow your dentist's instructions closely and contact your dentist right away if you have questions, concerns or side effects.