Does teeth whitening damage the tooth enamel? It’s one of the most common questions people have about the process. The short answer is: no. Let’s look at the details.
How does tooth whitening work?
Let’s take a look at how tooth whitening works. Essentially, the process bleaches your teeth to remove staining. It can lighten your existing tooth colour by several shades.
The dentist takes an impression of your teeth to create a custom mouthguard. You’ll use it at home with a bleaching solution for a period of time as specified by your dentist.
• To put it in semi-scientific terms, the hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide in the gel infiltrates the tooth enamel and dentin.
• As it finds the molecules representing staining material in your teeth, it disrupts the chemical bonds that keep them in place.
• What you see is the stain removed.
One of the main risks is tooth sensitivity, which is typically experienced when you first start the procedure, and will go away on its own.
• The sensitivity, however, isn’t caused by damage to the tooth enamel. It just means your teeth are getting used to the process.
• You can use a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth to help sooth any nerve endings that have become irritated.
If the sensitivity doesn’t go away in 1 to 3 days, you can contact your dentist for more advice.
Anyone may be sensitive to the teeth whitening solution, which is why it’s important to do it under a dentist’s supervision. There may also be risks involved with using home whitening kits.
• The solution is much weaker than the one you’ll receive from your dentist, and may produce disappointing results;
• The mouthguard is not customized to your teeth, and may leak some of the gel into your mouth.
Your dentist will check on your gums, and make sure the mouthguard fits well. They can make any necessary adjustments, and treat any irritation from spilled whitening gel right away.
Tooth whitening is a safe and proven process that has been used on millions of people all over the world. An improved smile gives your confidence a boost, and that can help brighten every aspect of your life.
Looking for advice on tooth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, or any aspect of your dental or oral health? You’ll find the answer at Dr. Robert Axelrad’s Dental Office in Brampton, ON.
If you’re looking for a well-regarded and highly skilled dentist in the Brampton area, make an appointment with Dr. Robert Axelrad by calling (905)-791-3867. Visit our website to learn more about our dental services.
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Dr Axelrad and Staff