Risks of Teeth Whitening

By Ettienne Van Zyl on November 05, 2012

Memphis Teeth Whitening RisksOne of the easiest, most cost-effective, and popular ways to revitalize the smile is through teeth whitening. Stained and discolored teeth can prevent you from having the dazzling, beautiful smile you deserve. Teeth can become stained as a result of aging, smoking, genetics, medications you have taken in the past, or the consumption of certain foods and beverages. A brighter, whiter smile can be yours once more through teeth whitening. A more radiant smile can have a dramatic impact on your life. Indeed, the majority of our Memphis teeth whitening patients experience an immediate boost in self-confidence after undergoing teeth whitening. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile because of staining or discoloration, you may be an ideal candidate for professional teeth whitening.

Teeth Whitening

Memphis cosmetic dentist Ettienne van Zyl whitens the teeth of his patients using the KOR!® Whitening Deep Bleaching™ system. Through this technique of teeth whitening, patients are able to achieve smiles that are five to eight shades brighter. While results are unique to each individual patient, through professional teeth whitening, patients can experience a significantly whiter smile with long-lasting results. Patients who smoke, consume staining beverages or foods on a regular basis, or who have taken tetracycline in the past are often ideal candidates for professional teeth whitening. Teeth whitening may be used in conjunction with other procedures as part of a complete smile makeover. For our smile makeover patients in Memphis, porcelain veneers and teeth whitening may be combined. By combining these two popular treatments, we can completely transform a patient’s smile. To determine whether you are a candidate for teeth whitening, please contact our office to schedule a consultation today.

Risks of Teeth Whitening

There is very little risk associated with teeth whitening. For our patients in Memphis, teeth whitening risks are quite rare. The risk most associated with teeth whitening is sensitivity. While tooth sensitivity is the most common side-effect of teeth whitening, it is temporary for most patients. During your dental examination, we will tailor a teeth whitening treatment plan and address any issues that may contribute to sensitivity during and after your teeth whitening procedure. Some issues that may contribute to sensitivity include receding gums and cracks in the teeth.

Some patients may experience sensitivity when eating and drinking for the first couple days and up to a month after undergoing treatment. Eating or drinking very hot or very cold foods or drinks can cause sensitivity to occur. To prevent this type of sensitivity, we may recommend that you consume only lukewarm foods and drinks for the first few days after your teeth whitening procedure. Some patients experience acute pain when brushing their teeth during the first couple of days after teeth whitening. To minimize your risk of sensitivity after teeth whitening, we recommend that you brush your teeth using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Soft-bristled toothbrushes are gentler on the surfaces of the teeth than medium- or hard-bristled toothbrushes.

Contact van Zyl Center for Advanced Dentistry

To learn more about the risks of teeth whitening, please contact van Zyl Center for Advanced Dentistry today.

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