Teeth Whitening… Good or Bad?
One of the most common things people ask about when they come to see me for the first time is about Teeth Whitening…
Is it good? Is it bad? Should I do it or not?
Sensitivity Is the Big Concern
One of the big concerns with teeth whitening, is sensitivity.
If you are someone who is generally susceptible to sensitivity, (like to cold, heat or sweets), or because you may have some gum recession… Teeth whitening can sometimes cause increased sensitivity while whitening your teeth.
Is Peroxide Safe?
Most of the products available for teeth whitening are peroxide based, which is fine! Peroxide is a naturally occurring substance in your body and is a natural and healthy way to whiten your teeth. Most people have no negative reaction to peroxides… In fact your body naturally produces peroxides all the time. So it is generally safe to put on the surface of your teeth.
How About White Strips?
What about the big brand name white strips you buy at the drug store?
Yep, they’re good… I’ve used them a lot. Except there is one down side…
If you are susceptible to sensitivity, the white strips do fold up and onto the gums. The peroxides can make gums very sensitive.
If you want to avoid that, there are custom trays that we can make for you in the office. They are perfect molds of your teeth, that perfectly align with your gum lines, so that peroxides are not resting on your gums while you whiten. You can take them home to use any time you like by just adding a little whitening gel.
Sensitivity? Just scale it back
If you do experience an uncomfortable increase in sensitivity in your gums or your teeth while whitening, just scale it back. But otherwise there is no reason to be afraid to whiten your teeth. it is both healthy and safe to do.
I hope that helps!