If you are considering teeth whitening to help brighten your smile, it is a good idea to understand the pros and cons of this popular form of cosmetic dentistry. Teeth whitening can be a safe, non-invasive way to achieve whiter teeth or a brighter smile if done properly and administered by a qualified Dentist. To keep up with the demands of our appearance conscious society, many over the counter, at home teeth whitening systems are available in the marketplace. It is important to realize that you may receive a wide range of results from over the counter teeth whitening systems.
As with any cosmetic procedure there are inherent risks to teeth whitening. The most common side effects realized with teeth whitening are tooth sensitivity, damage to teeth roots and oral irritation. The Academy of General Dentistry recommends contacting your Dentist to seek professional advice and information prior to attempting any form of teeth whitening.
A thorough dental exam and cleaning is always recommended prior to moving forward with this cost effective cosmetic procedure. Patients who have periodontal disease, tooth decay or hypersensitivity are advised not to undergo teeth whitening. Qualified Dentists can recommend the most effective teeth whitening procedures, while monitoring your results in a safe environment. For comprehensive teeth whitening, the AGD recommends a custom made bleaching tray made by your dental professional.
Dental patients who have existing porcelain veneers, crowns, bridges or fillings should note that teeth whitening will not change the appearance of these dental procedures. Contact your dental professional for more information on Teeth Whitening.