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Are there side effects from teeth whitening?

It may be tough to avoid the list of potential side effects that are associated with modern teeth whitening procedures. Although today’s available tooth whitening products are generally considered to be relatively safe, you should be aware of the possible side effects and consider them carefully before choosing any cosmetic dental procedure.

In most cases, your cosmetic dentist will recommend a professional whitening solution rather than an over-the-counter option in order to produce the most desirable results with the lowest risk for side-effects. For example, an in-office application of Zoom! whitening can provide you with a long list of benefits and a very short list of disadvantages: 

Your cosmetic dentist will recommend a professional whitening solution rather than an over-the-counter option in order to produce the most desirable results with the lowest risk for side-effects.

  • Safe, effective, and fast procedure
  • Low, or no post-operative sensitivity
  • Improved formulation strengthens tooth enamel
  • Long lasting results (up to 18 months)
  • Performed by a dental professional with teeth whitening experience.

Choosing a professionally applied product can significantly reduce the potential for the uncomfortable short-term side effects that may be experienced when having your teeth bleached. The primary active ingredient, hydrogen peroxide, can cause increased temperature and possible gum irritation.

During the whitening process and for a short period following the procedure, tooth sensitivity may occur. This sensation is typically of a short duration, and does not indicate any change or damage to the teeth or gums. Professionally formulated products such as Zoom! are designed to reduce this side effect, even for patients who have a history of sensitive teeth.

When the whitening solution is allowed to come into contact with the gum tissue or tongue, a temporary burning or tingling sensation can occur. This is a reversible condition that can be avoided or minimized when the procedure is performed by a trained professional.

If you are considering whitening your teeth, it is best to consult your cosmetic dentist. Your teeth will be assessed to ensure you are an ideal candidate for teeth whitening, and the most appropriate method will be recommended for you.

To learn more about Zoom! teeth whitening and other procedures that can enhance your smile, contact Ora Dental Studios at 312-491-9474 for a professional consultation.