Is it Safe to Use Home Teeth Whitening Products?

Sep 16, 2019

Home teeth whitening products are generally considered a safe and effective method for brightening your smile if they are used according to the instructions provided in your whitening kit and you have an otherwise healthy set of teeth. However, there are some concerns with home teeth whitening products that you should be aware of:

The Rainbow Effect

If you have crowns or fillings on your teeth, you could have what is called a “rainbow effect” as those crowns or fillings may not whiten like your natural teeth. So, when you smile, the natural teeth will appear significantly brighter than the teeth with caps or crowns on them.

Increased Tooth Sensitivity

Your teeth can become quite sensitive for a few days after the procedure depending on the strength of the home teeth whitening product since the bleaching ingredients can open the pores in your teeth.

Increased Susceptibility to Stains Immediately after the Procedure

The opening of the pores in your teeth can make them more susceptible to staining in the first few days after the whitening procedure. Drinking wine, grapefruit juice, coffee, or tea soon after the procedure can worsen the stains.

Damage to the Gums

Your gum tissue is very thin and can recede if the whitening product is too strong and comes in contact with the gum tissue. Also, if you are using some sort of dental tray that is not adapted properly, it can press on the gum tissue and cause significant inflammation or injury.

Possible Underlying Dental Disease

Having discoloured teeth could be a sign of dental disease. If you have gingivitis or gum disease, bleaching can cause irritation and be quite painful adversely affecting your oral health. Your dentist can help you choose the right teeth whitening product depending on your unique condition.

At Robina Family Dental Surgery, we understand that there is no such thing as a one size fits all smile. We work together with you to achieve the shade of brightness that is perfect for you and ensure your gums and other sensitive oral tissues are protected during the whitening process. The professional-strength whitening products we use are usually not available over the counter and they can achieve safe and improved results. Book an appointment with Robina Family Dental Surgery for a Tooth Whitening Procedure today.