Dallas Teeth Whitening Dental Office Reviews Possible Side Effects of Teeth Whitening

Written by Dr. Lin on Feb 10, 2014

One of the most requested treatments at our Dallas Teeth Whitening Dental Office is cosmetic whitening of teeth. This treatment is very popular with patients young and old. Teeth whitening is one of the safest and most effective ways to enhance your smile, but you may experience some side effects.

The purpose of this procedure is to offer a fast and easy solution to dull and stained teeth. These teeth whitening treatments bleach the dental enamel to minimize the appearance of stains and brighten a dull smile.

Most patients have little or no problem with teeth whitening treatments. They are fairly well tolerated, but in some cases a patient may notice some side effects. These can include:

Gum Irritation
A patient may experience some minor irritation of gum tissue following teeth whitening treatment. This irritation is a result of the bleaching agent coming into contact with the gums. This is usually very minor and disappears within a day or two.

Increased Tooth Sensitivity
Following teeth whitening your teeth may feel more sensitive to heat or cold. Patients may also notice an increased sensitivity to chewing or pressure on the teeth. Again, this sensitivity will only last a day or two.

Varying Degrees of Whitening

Dental restorations do not respond to teeth whitening. If you have crowns, bridges, or porcelain veneers you should not expect these to change shade with teeth whitening. Speak to your dentist about possible alternatives.
The best way to avoid these whitening side effects is to work with a professional teeth whitening dentist. This way you can work together to minimize irritation by discussing your sensitivity level. Our Dallas Teeth Whitening Dental Office can help you decide whether teeth whitening treatment is right for you.