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What Side Effects Can You Expect If You Have Your Teeth Whitened?

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Many people become disillusioned with the colour of their teeth and decide to have them whitened. The teeth whitening process is safe and should not cause any damage to your teeth or gums. It’s worth noting that if you have your teeth whitened in-office the bleaching agent used is stronger than that which you would use in bleaching trays at home.

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If you want to know more about teeth whitening then you can check out a Dental Guide Website for information. Although teeth whitening does not damage your teeth and gums it is fairly common for you to experience some side effects from the whitening treatment. This normally means that you may experience a certain amount of sensitivity or pain in your gums or teeth. Sometimes you will be advised to use toothpaste for sensitive teeth for a couple of weeks before you have your teeth whitened or you may be advised to take anti -inflammatory medication before your visit. It’s worth asking whether either of these is advised in your case.

Sensitivity in your teeth

During the whitening treatment it’s possible that you may feel tingling and zaps in your teeth. You should have an agreed system by which you can let the dentist know if this happens as if the sensation is frequent or severe they may decide to stop the treatment.

Protection of your gums

The bleach used in the whitening treatment is only applied to your teeth; a dental dam is used to protect your gums. If you feel any irritation in your gums while the treatment is being carried out you should let the dentist know. This may be a sign that the dental dam is leaking and the bleach is causing irritation to your gums, lips or cheeks. This is one reason why the dentist does not numb your mouth before whitening your teeth. If they did, you would not be able to tell if you were experiencing any warning sensations.

Sensitivity to hot and cold

After the whitening treatment is complete it’s not unusual for you to experience a level of sensitivity to hot and cold food and drink. This type of sensitivity does not normally last long and you can use toothpaste for sensitive teeth to help. If you are at all concerned about how you are feeling then you should let the dentist know.

Tooth pain

Sometimes, the nerves of your teeth can be irritated during the teeth whitening process. This normally happens when the bleach has penetrated the gum during treatment, the tooth has become dehydrated or the teeth have been exposed to high temperatures if a certain type of bleach has been used. This irritation often results in an ache or pain in your teeth which sometimes does not occur until well after the treatment is complete. It’s a good idea to check with your dentist if you experience any pain, to make sure that it’s within normal levels that could be expected. If you need help to relieve the pain then it’s a good idea to take over the counter anti-inflammatory medication.

All of these side effects are common and you should not worry. Just let the dentist know about the symptoms you are experiencing and they can put your mind at rest.

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