Whiten the Teeth with Minimal Side Effects
Most patients are looking for safe and easy ways to improve the appearance of their smile, which is why teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures. As a cosmetic dentist dedicated to helping patients improve their smile, Dr. Patrick Tanner offers several forms of teeth whitening treatment that can meet each of his patient’s unique goals for the color of their teeth. From gradual at-home treatments to instant in-office treatments, we have the solutions for patients who wish to brighten and whiten their teeth. In addition to improved aesthetics, one of the main benefits of teeth whitening for our Ogden patients is that teeth whitening side effects are minimal, making this the safest and easiest way to enhance tooth color.
Before undergoing any dental treatment, patients should be aware of what to expect, not only during, but also after treatment. Below are some side effects that may be experienced following teeth whitening treatment:
- Tooth sensitivity: The most common side effect of teeth whitening treatment is increased tooth sensitivity. This is a temporary condition that should not last more than a few days and typically resolves itself within 24 hours after treatment. While tooth sensitivity is heightened, any discomfort can be minimalized by avoiding foods and beverages of extreme temperatures. Toothpastes and mouthwashes formulated for sensitive teeth may also be used to increase comfort until this side effect subsides.
- Sensitivity or damage of the soft tissues: The bleaching agents that are used in teeth whitening products can be tough on the sensitive soft tissues of the gums and lips. Dr. Tanner protects the gums from damage to these soft tissues by carefully avoiding these areas during teeth whitening treatment. Even our at-home teeth whitening treatments are performed using custom mouth guards that ensure the whitening gel remains on the teeth. However, it is possible when using over-the-counter teeth whitening products for the gums to come into contact with the bleaching agent. This may result in temporary sensitivity of the soft tissues or even damage or chemical burns.
- Unsatisfactory results: Unsatisfactory results are another common side effect of treatment with over-the-counter whitening products. Often, these products do not whiten the teeth as significantly as the patient would like. With professional treatment, Dr. Tanner can brighten his patient’s teeth by up to 12 shades. Another possible source of dissatisfaction is that the stains or discoloration did not respond to treatment because they are the result of intrinsic stains, those present on the inner layers of the teeth. Dr. Tanner recognizes intrinsic stains and can recommend a more appropriate treatment, such as porcelain veneers, which conceal stains, discoloration, and other cosmetic blemishes, to reveal a bright and beautiful smile.
In general, side effects and complications are more likely with over-the-counter products due to the fact that many people misuse the products or apply teeth whitening products incorrectly. When performed under the supervision of a dental professional such as Dr. Tanner, teeth whitening is a very safe procedure with minimal side effects.
Teeth whitening is just one of the many cosmetic dentistry treatments offered by Dr. Patrick Tanner in order to help patients restore a naturally beautiful smile. If you’d like to enhance the appearance and health of your smile, contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about our comprehensive range of services. We look forward to meeting you!