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The Pros and Cons of Teeth Whitening

Who doesn't love a beautiful, bright smile? Many people are opting to use teeth whitening as a solution for a whiter, brighter smile. Some seek guidance from a dental professional to verify teeth whitening is a good fit, while others are option for at-home kits with strips and gels.


The truth about teeth whitening:

Did you know healthy teeth can actually be yellow? As long as your dentin is healthy (this is the layer under the enamel), it can be yellowed. The layer over the dentin is your enamel, and thinner enamel can allow dentin to show through, thus sometimes a yellower smile. Thicker enamel can whiten better that thinner enamel.


When we whiten our teeth, we use a concentration of hydrogen peroxide and other bleaching agents. The higher the concentrate of these products, the least amount of time you should keep them in as they can cause tooth sensitivity. Those with a lower concentration can be left in for longer, but it does take longer to whiten. There is the good and bad to any of these methods. Before you make the decision best for you, take a look at the pros and cons of whitening your teeth:


Pros:

  • Many adults believe that an attractive, healthy smile makes people more appealing that those without.

  • There is a thought that teeth that don't look bright and healthy, can actually hinder professional success.

  • It isn't permanent, and neither is the sensitivity that can happen as a result. Whitening takes maintenance, which is a good thing if you're not happy with the results, or suffer side effects.

  • If you feel good about your smile, others will see your confidence too!

Cons:

  • Teeth and gums can become quite sensitive after using the products, especially those worn for a shorter duration, but higher chemical concentration.

  • Some have experienced gum and tissue burns.

  • Upset stomachs have been known to happen by those who end up swallowing even a small amount of the solution in their saliva.

  • Products will not work on teeth discolored from medication or injuries, as well as fillings, crowns and caps.

  • Whitening takes maintenance. It's something you will have to regularly keep up with.

If whitening your smile is still something you may be interested in, talk with your dentist or orthodontist to see if it's a fit for you. In some cases, poor dental hygiene can be a risk, as can a variety of underlying health conditions, potentially making them worse. Be sure you're making a safe decision!


*Here at Ulrich Orthodontics we provide teeth bleaching for our patients once they finish treatment, and for family members as well! If interested, inquire with us about getting fitted for trays and cost.


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