Damaging Effects of Cheap Whitening Treatments
Over-the-counter teeth whitening products are a big business, but they are not without risks. According to a USC survey, half of people using OTC whitening gels experienced tooth sensitivity. One out of every 25 experienced pain that was severe enough to interfere with their normal daily activities. Patients who overuse or improperly use teeth whitening treatments may also increase their risk of enamel damage, gum irritation, and damage that is severe enough that it could lead to the need for a root canal treatment. Whitening is safest and most effective when performed under the supervision of a dental professional.
One of the most severe risks of cheap whitening, or the need for root canal treatment, can be easily prevented with a pre-whitening treatment to Dr. Frame. This type of damage can occur when you have an untreated cavity, a small crack in your tooth or a loose filling. The whitening solution can penetrate into the root canals and cause extensive damage. By checking your teeth for any untreated dental problems, Dr. Frame can help you ensure a more positive outcome. Dr. Frame may also recommend an anti-sensitivity toothpaste, fluoride treatments, or custom mouth trays, all of which can reduce the risk of whitening-related dental damage.
Minor stains may respond well to OTC treatments performed under the supervision of a dentist, but for the brightest results, you may need a professional whitening treatment, which uses stronger concentrations of peroxide. Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Frame, our expert in teeth whitening in Santa Clara.
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