The Side Effects of Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening has become one of the most popular procedures in all of dentistry for good reason. It is safe, fast, extraordinarily effective, and you would be hard pressed to find a procedure that delivers more bang for your buck. In about the amount of time that it would take to eat lunch, you can emerge from our office with a smile that is up to ten shades whiter, results that can last for five years or longer with proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits.
At PGA Center for Advanced Dentistry, Dr. Jay L. Ajmo personally selects only the finest technologies and products to offer to his patients, which is why he features the Zoom!® teeth whitening system. Zoom!® is synonymous with excellence in teeth whitening; for more than a decade, it has been the number-one patient-requested whitening brand on the market. Nevertheless, as with every medical procedure, teeth whitening does carry a risk of side effects. These side effects are rare, especially when the procedure is performed by experienced professionals such as Dr. Ajmo and his team. Still, we believe that patients deserve to know all of the facts about the procedures in which they are interested before they commit to them. That way they can make informed, confident decisions about whether to proceed with treatment.
This is why, at PGA Center for Advanced Dentistry in Palm Beach Gardens, teeth whitening side effects are discussed in full detail along with the benefits of treatment and other pieces of important information. Dr. Ajmo further helps to minimize risks by carefully screening candidates, eliminating patients who are at heightened risk of adverse side effects. For these patients, he offers alternative whitening treatments such as porcelain veneers or dental bonding.
What to Expect
Dr. Ajmo is extremely careful to minimize the risk of side effects by isolating the gums before applying the hydrogen peroxide based whitening gel to the teeth. The failure to protect the gums properly before applying this gel is one of the most common reasons for adverse side effects at other practices. He further provides patients with thorough post-procedural instructions so that patients can avoid potential complications after treatment.
Possible side effects that may occur after teeth whitening include:
- “Zingers,” or shooting pains that occur spontaneously in the front teeth
- Heightened sensitivity to hot and cold liquids
- Sore throat
- Disappointment in the results, usually due to unrealistic expectations
In the case of the first three, the side effects are usually mild and temporary, generally subsiding within days if not hours of the treatment. In the case of the fourth, this rarely occurs with Dr. Ajmo’s patients. This is because Dr. Ajmo is careful to set realistic expectations with patients during their initial consultations. Although teeth whitening is highly effective at removing many stains, especially those that are yellowish in hue, there are some - particularly those that are bluish or greyish - that respond less well to the whitening gel. To conceal these stains, an alternative treatment such as porcelain veneers may be necessary.
Learn More about Teeth Whitening Side Effects
To learn more about teeth whitening side effects, please contact PGA Center for Advanced Dentistry today.
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