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Adverse Effects of Over-Whitening the Teeth

Adverse Effects of Over-Whitening the TeethTeeth can become more yellow or darker with age. Stain-causing substances in foods and drinks can seep into the dentin inside your teeth and oxidize, leaving unsightly stains. Superficial stains are easy to remove with good dental hygiene and regular professional cleanings, but stains that have gotten deep into the structure of the tooth will need to be bleached to return to its natural white color.

Tooth whitening is a good option for many people, but when it is done too frequently or incorrectly, you may suffer adverse effects, including:

• Multi-colored teeth
Tooth-colored fillings and porcelain restorations will not lighten in color. Intrinsic stains such as fluoride or tetracycline spots may also not respond to topical bleaching. Using peroxide-based whiteners when you have these issues could result in a smile with several different colors present.

• Enamel damage
Excessive tooth bleaching can damage your enamel, which can cause your teeth to become sensitive. If you have any untreated decay, the bleach can even get inside the structure of your tooth, necessitating a root canal treatment.

• Gum irritation
When peroxide-based whiteners come into contact with your gums, they can irritate them. You may develop sensitivity or inflammation that can leave your gums more vulnerable to oral bacteria.

The best way to prevent the problems associated with excess whitening is to talk to a dental professional first. We can explain the best whitening options for your unique smile or perform a professional whitening treatment that protects your smile from start to finish. Call us today to schedule your whitening consultation with our expert in tooth bleaching in Northridge.

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