- Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Teeth Whitening Considerations
The teeth bleaching procedure can leave your teeth temporarily sensitive to touch, pressure and temperature. Sensitivity is most likely to occur in patients who have gum recession and larger cracks in their enamel. Typically this sensitivity is minor and lasts only a few days. name may recommend using toothpaste with potassium nitrate(such as Sensodyne) to help ease the discomfort.
Dental bonding restorations, veneers, crowns etc. remain unaffected by bleach while the color of the natural teeth will change. This factor should be discussed with name ( Dentist) as to whether your case will require replacing those restorations for a more consistent and ideal smile.
Patients can help to maintain their smile after whitening by performing an at-home whitening kit provided by name ( Dentist) at least once a year. Darker colored beverages, acidic foods, cigarettes, etc. should be avoided to prevent further staining or patients can simply use a straw while drinking staining beverages such as tea, coffee and soda. Of course proper oral hygiene (brushing and flossing after meals and before bed) that is regularly practiced will not only help to maintain your smiles appearance, but your oral health as well.
It is important to understand that bleaching cannot produce teeth that are unnatural in appearance. The full results of the bleaching can be seen after about two weeks after treatment. Patients planning on having veneers or other such restorations must wait out this period to ensure that the color matches the teeth after the whitening process. Any tooth restorations previously performed will likely need replacement as they will not whiten with the bleaching process. The yellowish color of the root surface is revealed in patients with gum recession and is troublesome to bleach. Teeth whitening is not advised for women who are pregnant or nursing as the consequences of swallowing bleach on the fetus is still unknown.
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