Teeth whitening can improve your appearance, but you may be wondering if too much whitening is possible. There are reasons you should not make frequent teeth whitening a habit.
Excessive Whitening Can Damage Your Teeth
Frequent use of whitening products can lead to results you do not want. Instead of natural, pearl-colored teeth, they can become an unnatural white color. Your teeth will look odd, rather than natural and healthy.
Excessive use can also damage your teeth. The entire structure of the teeth can be harmed by using whitening products too often.
Over-Whitening Can Cause Discomfort
When abrasive whitening products are used too often, tooth enamel can be worn away. This, in turn, can lead to tooth sensitivity.
Tooth sensitivity can make life difficult. It can be painful to eat or drink products that are hot, cold, or sweet. You may even experience pain when you are outdoors in cold weather.
If tooth sensitivity becomes unbearable, you may need time-consuming treatments at the dentist’s office.
Excessive Whitening Can Harm Your Gums
While some people have gums that are already sensitive to whitening products, too much whitening can harm anyone’s gums.
Over-the-counter bleaching gels can be a special problem. Frequent use can cause gums to become inflamed. While the symptoms of gingivitis include swelling and redness, it can worsen if it is left untreated. If you develop gingivitis in the gums that support your teeth, periodontal disease may lead to tooth loss.
How Much Whitening is Too Much?
It should not be difficult to see if you are whitening your teeth too often. If you have been using over the counter products, you will find advice for use on the label. You should not be using the product more often than the manufacturer recommends.
A second way to determine overuse of whitening products is noticing its effects on your teeth or gums. Your teeth should not appear translucent or an unnatural white. You should not experience sensitivity or pain in your gums or teeth.
A third option is to consult with your dentist. We will let you know if you are whitening your teeth too much. There are many reasons professional whitening is the best approach, and over-whitening is one example. If you have your teeth whitened in our office, or we prepare a tray for you to take home, we will know your history of teeth whitening. We will schedule whitening for you when it is appropriate.
For some people, teeth whitening is like any other cosmetic procedure. They believe there is no such thing as too much or too often. Whitening can become a habit, or, at its worst, an addiction.
You can avoid unnecessary complications by talking to us about teeth whitening. Regardless of the whitening option you choose, we can help you set up a schedule that meets your needs. You can have the whitest, brightest teeth while keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Teeth whitening can be a positive experience when it does not become a habit.
Contact our office if you have any other questions about whitening or would like to schedule an appointment to have your teeth properly whitened.
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