Issues With Teeth Whitening - Pemutih Gigi

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Issues With Teeth Whitening - Pemutih Gigi

Issues With Teeth Whitening



Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic improvement, but there issues that need to be understood in
attempting teeth whitening. Most dentists agree that the standard, over-the-counter teeth whitening
products available are safe to use as long as the product is used as directed, including the limitation
of frequency of use. There are no guarantees of whitening effectiveness if products are used
incorrectly.

However, one of the drawbacks of the over-the-counter products is that none of them will whiten teeth
more than two or three shades of difference. The whitening agents applied by a dentist, however,
have greater success with increased shades of improvement, and are also considered safe to apply.
This is the primary reason why a patient may want to consider having a teeth whitening procedure
performed by a dentist if over-the-counter products have failed to satisfy.

Another drawback is that people who smoke and want to whiten their teeth may find that over-the-
counter whitening agents will not change the color of teeth.

There are issues, however, even with seeing a dentist to perform the procedure.

Expectations of absolutely white teeth are unreasonable. No one's natural teeth are that white,
however, over-indulged bleaching may achieve a bright-white appearance. We may like the
appearance, but the problem may be deeper than the fact that it is an unnatural color. Excessive
bleaching may cause tooth damage.

Expectations that teeth whitening will last indefinitely, regardless of the level of whitening achieved, is
also unreasonable. Teeth naturally darken with age, but in addition, our habits with regard to eating,
drinking and smoking have darkening effects as well. Both aging and staining by consumables will
have their effect on darkening teeth that have been whitened. We cannot halt aging, but we can limit
or eliminate our consumption of coffee, tea, red wine, cigarettes, etc., and the whitening effort will
endure longer. Teeth whitening will require multiple repetitions of whitening over a lifetime.

Crowns, bridges and laminates may not react the same way to teeth whitening agents as natural
teeth will. Color variation between these added appliances and natural teeth is likely to be the result
of a whitening exercise.

There may be side effects caused by a tooth whitening procedure (as well as by over-the-counter
products). Some will experience soft and sensitive gums from the procedure. This condition usually
fades soon after the procedure, but if it endures, the dentist should be consulted. This may or may not
be a condition the dentist can prevent or treat effectively if another procedure is performed.


Another side effect is the potential for tooth sensitivity. If this occurs, either a different procedure
should be tried, or it may not be recommended to repeat the procedure.

A final side effect is a condition of weakening the bonding of a crown or laminate. If this occurs, it may
need to be removed and re-bonded. In addition, either another procedure should be tried in the
future, or avoided altogether.



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