Who Should Avoid Undergoing Teeth Whitening?
Dental problems like the ones mentioned below should be treated before a teeth whitening procedure.
White-spots as a result of loss of calcium may become more noticeable directly following a whitening process, but with further applications, the other parts of the teeth usually become more white and the spots become less noticeable.
Children under the age of 16 should avoid the procedure. The pulp chamber, or nerve of the tooth, gets enlarged until this age. Tooth whitening could irritate the pulp or cause it to become sensitive.
People prone to asthma attacks. The psychological and physical stress of a dental visit can precipitate an attack. If your asthma is well controlled, you may decide to proceed with the treatment, but make sure your dentist knows your complete medical history before your treatment. Ask whether nitrous oxide or conscious sedation may prove beneficial for you.
Patients with heart diseases, kidney failure, or a transplanted organ. While they might not need to avoid the treatment entirely, patients may require antibiotics to prevent infections that may arise as a result of dental treatment. These would offer protection against an infection in the blood and inner lining of the heart muscle, and reduce the risk of spreading hepatitis, which is common in patients with renal failure.
What Are The Alternatives To Teeth Whitening?
All toothpastes help to remove stains whilst using a toothbrush. Toothpastes with the ADA seal are safe whitening toothpastes, that have special chemical and polishing agents that provide additional stain removing benefits. The toothpaste isn’t effective on strong stains caused due to tobacco smoke or aging.
Peroxide containing bleaches bleach the enamel of the tooth. These are trays which contain a gel, and these fit onto the teeth. Sometimes strips are used which can also be placed on the teeth. Conducting this process at home without supervision doesn’t provide optimum results. The peroxide used in this process can irritate and harm the gums if not used properly.
These are porcelain shells that completely cover the teeth. They also cover flaws like chips, cracks and gap in the teeth.
This works in a similar manner as veneers. To whiten teeth, a dentist would place composite resin on the teeth. This material covers up colours and flaws.
This is a customized set of teeth that fits directly on a patient’s set of teeth. It can completely transform a smile without extensive treatment. When this is put on, it affects the teeth, thinning out the enamel and worsening any oral damage already present.
Does Teeth Whitening Lead To Scarring?
This process is minimally invasive with almost 100% effectiveness. Due to the nature of the bleaching agent, slight burning and irritation of the gums may occur after the procedure. But in the hands of a professional dentist, these effects are rare.
What Are the Temporary Side-effects Of Teeth Whitening?
Whitening is unlikely to cause serious complications. Some minor side effects that can occur are-
Sensitivity : Teeth may become more sensitive for a short while. This happens when the peroxide in the whitener gets through the enamel to the soft layer of dentin and irritates the nerve of your tooth. In most cases, the sensitivity is temporary. You can delay treatment until this subsides, and then try again.
Gum irritation : Improperly fitting trays may cause the tooth whitening gel to leak, causing gum irritation. Consult your doctor if you notice any discomfort.
Overuse of whiteners carries the risk of damaging the tooth enamel or gums, so talk to your dentist before the procedure, about the permissible extent of whitening.
How To Choose A Surgeon For A Teeth Whitening Surgery?
Teeth whitening is a form of dentistry and should only be performed by a dentist or another qualified dental professional like a dental hygienist or therapist, on the prescription of a dentist.
Consult with your dentists to determine the most appropriate whitening treatment, particularly for those with tooth sensitivity, dental restorations, extremely dark stains, and isolated dark teeth.
Tooth discoloration may be caused by any specific problem that may not be affected by whitening agents and/or may be a sign of a disease or condition requiring endodontic therapy, restorations or dental surgery. Such diagnoses can only be made by a dentist or any other licensed health care professional, depending on local licensing regulations. Hence, it is important to wisely choose your surgeon.