Before getting your teeth whitened it is a good idea to get a check-up, have your teeth
and fill all cavities. Also, it is important to understand that whitening does not work on
certain dental fixtures. Crowns, veneers, and fillings are often made with material that is
resistant to whitening chemicals which can result in uneven whitening or multicolored
Once you have whitened your teeth there are many ways to keep your smile looking beautiful
as long as possible. Modifications in your habits are an extremely effective way to preserve
your smile. By reducing the consumption of certain dark liquids such as coffee, colas, red
and tea you can proactively limit the re-staining of your teeth. If you do choose to drink
beverages, try to use a straw to decrease the exposure of your teeth to these elements.
you should strongly consider quitting smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco to maintain the
health of your teeth and body. Practicing good oral hygiene as well as seeing your dentist
regular basis for cleanings and check-ups should help keep your teeth looking whiter.
whitening is not permanent, it is highly recommended that you practice these tips to limit
future discoloration and maintain the visual appeal of your teeth.
Possible Risk and Side Effects of Whitening
The complications and side effects most commonly associated with teeth whitening include
sensitivity, gum irritation, and multicolored teeth. Exposure to whitening agents causes
temporary increase in sensitivity and gum irritation. While the sensitivity is associated
specific stimuli (cold, hot, contact, or pressure), many people also report spontaneous
pain coming from their teeth (a.k.a. zingers).
Gum irritation can be the result of do-it-yourself whitening trays whose generic design may
fit every patient properly. The whitening gel can escape from an improperly fitting tray and
cause gum irritation, irregular whitening, and a poor treatment outcome.
Both the tooth sensitivity and gum irritation associated with whitening treatments typically
away after several days. The heightened sensitivity, however, can last for up to a month. If
these side-effects persist you should discuss the symptoms with your dentist.
Before undergoing treatment you need to be aware that whitening does not work on certain
materials. For example, whitening will not affect the color of bonding, crowns,
fillings, and veneers which will retain their color while the surround enamel and teeth
brighter. Accordingly, whitening teeth which have been restored with these materials can
in what is commonly called multicolored or “technicolored” teeth.
It is important to note that we do not know the effects of whitening materials on
babies and therefore pregnant or nursing women should avoiding teeth whitening until a