Does Teeth Whitening Damage Your Teeth?

Does Teeth Whitening Damage Your Teeth?

Aug 01, 2022

Not everyone is satisfied or happy with their smile. But luckily, multiple cosmetic dentistry treatments can help improve what nature gave you. Teeth whitening is a standard and least expensive cosmetic procedure. This method will not fix a bad bite, correct decay, or cure gum disease or other dental conditions that require treatment. However, this method will improve your life.

Perhaps you’ll need teeth whitening to feel perfectly fine about yourself. However, there are reasons why one can consider teeth whitening over other whitening methods. Read this guide to learn more about teeth whitening.

What is Teeth Whitening?

This is a safe, efficient, and practical choice for brightening your smile. This method applies two main products: carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide. The molecules in these bleaching agents weaken your teeth stains on a molecular level leaving your teeth sparkling white.

However, you should consider some things, including your lifestyle, cost, and whether a comprehensive in-office treatment or a custom take-home tray is the better choice.

What Does Teeth Whitening Entail?

Teeth whitening is done in the office by your dentist or on custom-made take-home trays.

  • In-Office Whitening

In-office professional whitening treatments are usually completed in several appointments but will depend on the patient’s basic needs. Your dentist leaves the whitening agent on your teeth for 15-30 minutes, and the entire process takes half to one hour to be complete. In-office whitening involves several steps:

  • Our dentist at Dr. Smile will use a tooth shade chart to determine your teeth’s current shade. You’ll then discuss how many shades brighter your smile may become after the procedure.
  • A pumice tool will then polish your teeth and eliminate any remaining plaque. Finally, your dentist will use tools to keep your mouth open to ensure the whitening agent doesn’t touch your mouth like the tongue and gums.
  • Our dentist will then apply the whitening agent and leave it on for about an hour. They’ll then use light activation if that’s part of the treatment. The dentist might apply additional coats if the whitening agent requires it. Once the process is done, your dentist will rinse your mouth and may use some fluoride to mitigate any potential sensitivity.
  • You and your dentist will discuss if your teeth have attained the desired shade and the lifestyle habits you’ll require to practice for the next day. These include resisting red wine and coffee and eating brightly colored foods.

Take-Home Trays

Take-home trays require more diligence on your part. They may be the only treatment or have follow-up treatment to in-office whitening. This happens if your dentist sees that your smile is prone to stains soon.

Your dentist will impress your teeth with a custom-made tray with a professional take-home tray. Since this tray will fit your teeth perfectly, it’ll give you more comprehensive whitening results than OTC trays. In addition, your dentist will likely provide you with a carbamide peroxide-based gel instead of a hydrogen peroxide-based gel to place in the tray.

Although it doesn’t work as fast as hydrogen peroxide-based gel, you’re less likely to feel sensitive if it accidentally gets to your gums, tongue, or cheek. You’ll have to wear the trays for two to 10 hours daily for 28 days to notice satisfying results.

Benefits of Teeth Whitening

You’re offered many benefits when you get your teeth whitening treatment. They include:

Improve your appearance: Your appearance will be enhanced by your whiter teeth. It’ll also change how others interact with you.

Boost your confidence: Your confidence will automatically be boosted, and you will gain the self-esteem that comes with a bright smile.

Protect your teeth with professional care: You benefit from a dental exam. In addition, this exam will help discover other issues in your teeth that need to be treated.

In-office whitening prevents gum irritation: The dentist helps protect your cheeks, gums, and tongue from the damage caused by the whitening agent.

Avoid teeth sensitivity: The whitening product used by our dentists has ingredients that help relieve sensitivity.

Is Teeth Whitening Harmful to Oral Health?

Your gums might be sensitive to the chemicals used by your teeth whitening dentist during the whitening process, especially if you already have sensitive teeth. Also, some whitening kits you use at home can harm your tooth enamel.

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