What Are the Potential Teeth Whitening Side Effects By Dr. Everett Heringer on July 07, 2015

A close-up of a woman’s bright, white smileWith the number of over-the-counter and professional teeth whitening treatment options available to patients, there is little doubt that it has become the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatment in the country. With proper use, teeth whitening can improve the appearance of the teeth by up to 10 shades. However, the procedure can result in some side effects, especially if treatment is not performed under the supervision of a dentist. At Heringer Dentistry, Dr. Everett E. Heringer performs safe and effective teeth whitening treatment to enhance the appearance of your smile, while also limiting the severity and occurrence of side effects. To learn more about teeth whitening side effects, contact our Bismarck practice today.

Tooth Pain or Sensitivity

Tooth pain or sensitivity may occur during or after treatment. In most cases, discomfort is caused because the peroxide penetrates to the deeper, more sensitive, structures of the teeth. This type of pain can be reduced with the use of prescription fluoride toothpaste or desensitizing gel. If you already have sensitive teeth or you are concerned about discomfort, Dr. Heringer may recommend the use of a professional at-home whitening gel, which contains a lower concentration of hydrogen peroxide, making this a more gentle and comfortable treatment option for patients.

Tooth pain may also be caused if patients undergo teeth whitening treatment when they have a cavity or cracked tooth. This allows the peroxide to reach the deeper structures of the tooth, causing significant pain. This is why it is so important for patients to undergo teeth whitening treatment, whether professional or over-the-counter, under the supervision and approval of a dentist.

Soft-tissue Irritation

If the hydrogen peroxide gel comes into contact with the soft tissues of the mouth, including the gums or tongue, it can cause a burning sensation for a few hours or days. Dr. Heringer can prevent this from occurring by using a protecting shield over the gums. If you opt to undergo at-home whitening, Dr. Heringer can provide you with custom trays, which will also limit the amount of whitening solution that can come into contact with the soft tissues.

Uneven Whiteness

Uneven whiteness can occur for two reasons: user error or dental restorations on the front-facing teeth.

When patients undergo in-office treatment with Dr. Heringer, user error is not a problem. Dr. Heringer will apply an even amount of whitening gel to all of the teeth, achieving the right level of brightness for each tooth.

Patients who undergo teeth whitening at home may face a higher risk of uneven whitening. During your dental visit, we will explain how to apply the whitening gel to the trays so you can achieve beautiful results.

If you have veneers or restorations such as crowns or bonding material on your front-facing teeth, it is important to know that these dental materials will not respond to the hydrogen peroxide gel. In these cases, Dr. Heringer can recommend a smile makeover plan, such as a combination of teeth whitening and new veneers or restorations, to help you achieve uniform whiteness.

To schedule a teeth whitening consultation, contact Heringer Dentistry today.

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Everett E. Heringer, DDS

Dr. Heringer is dedicated to dental excellence and is a member of several prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • World Clinical Laser Institute
  • North Dakota Dental Association
  • SPEAR Dental Education
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