Teeth Whitening Products
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Risks Associated With Teeth Whitening
Two undesired effects noted are a higher sensitivity in the teeth or some kind of irritation of the gums or other tissues of the mouth. Sensitivity is noticed at the beginning of bleaching process whereas irritation of soft tissues mainly come from wrong fitting of trays rather that from the bleaching agent itself. These effects disappear a couple of days after the treatment ends.
You can reduce an sensitivity using the following methods:
• Do not use the tray for long periods. Shorten the use period if you encounter sensitivity problems.
• Stop the whitening process for some days and let your teeth adapt itself with the whitening system.
• See you dentist for a product with high-fluoride content. It will restore the mineral level of your teeth if applied to the tray for around 4 minutes before applying the bleaching agent.
• Use toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth to brush. They normally contain potassium nitrate which will relieve your nerve endings.
The ADA seal of acceptance has been issued to some bleaching products available at the dentists’. Same security can sometimes be found on professionally used bleaching products (In-office). Meeting the ADA standards for safety and effectiveness is a remarkable security for users. These are strict seals currently available only in products having a 10% carbamide peroxide destined for home use whereas office-applied products with a 35% hydrogen peroxide content have receive d this seal as compared to over-the-counter products which do not bear this sort of guarantee. ADA believes that teeth whitening treatment should be done under dentist supervision only and therefore they did not give their support to over-the-counter products. Similar opinion has been declared by ADA on laser-based treatment. However, several whitening toothpaste do bear this endorsement.
It is also good to learn that ADA acceptance is not an obligation or even objective for many a manufacturer given the amount of time and effort it requires. Not bearing the ADA’s seal does not imply that the product in unsafe or ineffective but such seal nonetheless provide additional comfort to the user who understands that at least an organization’s standards has been officially met.
Teeth whiteners are not drugs and therefore are not regulated by the FDA.
Definitely whitening is not a lifetime result producing system. If you persist with harmful products like tobacco or wine you may see the result disappear within 1 month, but by avoiding these harmful elements, you can sustain the whiteness for one year or above before needing another whitening process.
How to sustain the whitening of your teeth:
– You should eliminate consumption of harmful products that caused the first stain. Persisting on tobacco or drinks like coffee and wine can cause erosion of the effect. Use a straw to avoid contact with your teeth.
– Brush your teeth regularly, especially after meals and consumption of harmful beverages.
– Have adequate hygienic habits to protect your teeth. Brushing twice daily will prevent formation of plaque and if you whitening toothpaste do it only to remove stains. Otherwise use normal toothpaste.
It is often advisable that you do some follow up treatments. Use may consider this option each 6 months depending on the level of whitening and method used, sometimes a period of 1 or 2 year can suffice. But if you are exposed to harmful items, do it more often.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there an insurance cover for this type of treatment?
No, often dental insurance do not cover such treatment
Does whitening harm the enamel?
A 10% dosed carbamide peroxide product has not been reported to have adverse effect on the tooth enamel.
How safe are dental restorations with this treatment?
Products having 10% carbamide peroxide have reported no adverse effect on fillings over a 10 year clinical use. The effect, if it could be called one, is that presence of crowns, bridges or other devices will not whiten with such products, leaving a difference in the white level of the tooth and the device. A replacement of the dental advice may be advisable to give a uniform white.
Do they harm teeth nerves?
Todate, no such reports have been received. One study shows that during a 4.5 – 7 years of followup, nobody using a whitening treatment needed a root canal treatment on the whitened teeth.