The most noticeable effect of teeth whitening on dental enamel is simply a whiter smile. The whitening ingredients penetrate through the crystals of the enamel. As the peroxide breaks down into oxygen and water, it also breaks up the stains in your enamel and dentin. However, improper whitening can have some unwanted effects on your teeth, as well.
Most commonly, whitening can trigger new or worsening sensitivity. This is more likely to occur on teeth that have worn enamel or are eroded, but it can affect patients with teeth that are not normally sensitive, as well. If you are prone to sensitivity or to whitening-related sensitivity, your best bet is to be proactive about the issue. Use an anti-sensitivity or desensitizing toothpaste for a few weeks before undergoing your whitening procedure, and ask about having a fluoride treatment for sensitive teeth after your whitening.
Another problem that can occur with whitening is pain or nerve damage. This occurs when a cavity has gone untreated or a restoration has been damaged or lost. The whitening ingredients then reach the inner structures of the tooth and irritate the nerve. You can avoid this complication by having a professional exam and cleaning before your whitening treatment to ensure that your teeth are strong and healthy, as well as all of your restorations are intact.
Call us today to learn more about your whitening options or to schedule an appointment with our Beverly Hills tooth whitening dentist.