Dangers of At-Home Teeth Bleaching Posted on 29 Mar 14:47
When deciding between whitening your teeth from the comfort of a teeth-whitening salon or from the comfort of your home, there are a few elements to weigh first.
Sensitivity: If a traditional, chemical-laden bleaching gel is strong enough to whiten your teeth, it’s strong enough to weaken them. Beneath the enamel lies the dentin, a slightly softer material that, like a waterpark for plankton, contains hundreds of tiny fluid-filled tubes. These tubes connect to nerves, and if an area of weakened enamel leaves them exposed, you’re liable to experience a little pain.
Try reading the chemical list on your teeth whitening strips, yikes!
Because the formulas which professionals use are more powerful, in-salon whitening procedures could be more likely to cause both types of sensitivity, although home treatments can cause the same effects if repeated often enough. Luckily, with both approaches, the sensitivity is usually temporary.
Protecting Gums: Teeth aren’t the only victims of bleaching side effects, however. Your gums are at risk, too, and that’s where in-salon procedures have a clear leg up. The professional treatments are performed by those who can shield the gums from harm by applying a protective gel or molding whitening trays to fit your teeth like a glove. At-home treatments, especially heavy-duty ones that use strips or trays, are one-size-fits-all. These may allow the whitening solution to drift toward sensitive gum tissue and cause pain.
Use care with At-Home teeth bleaching
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