Does teeth whitening have side effects?
Many of our patients like to brighten their smiles with professional teeth whitening. We offer both in-office and take-home teeth whitening systems to meet your needs. Most patients can whiten their teeth with few or no side effects. Sometimes, however, patients do report sensitivity or gum irritation after whitening their teeth. Here is what you can do about it:
- Teeth sensitivity – Often, when patients have sensitive teeth after whitening, it is due to a few factors. If you leave your whitening gel on your teeth for too long or if you whiten your teeth too frequently, you might experience sensitivity. This is especially true for patients who have gum recession. This problem is easily solved by whitening for less time and taking a few days off in between treatment. A fluoride treatment can also reduce sensitivity.
- Gum irritation – If your gums are sore, white, or bleeding after whitening, you are probably using too much whitening gel for each tooth. You only need a small dot to get the job done. When you use excessive amounts of whitening gel, you aren't just wasting money – the excess gel oozes out onto your delicate gum tissue and makes the process uncomfortable. Try using less!
If you still have problems, call our office. We have products and recommendations that will allow you to whiten comfortably and effectively!