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Can Teeth Whitening Bleach Damage Your Teeth?

November 29, 2021 9:52 pm Published by

Everyone wants a beautiful, white smile. Teeth have a light color, but things like smoking, your diet, and aging can cause discoloration. Luckily, there are whitening products and professional whitening services! Does bleaching damage your teeth? Here’s what you should know:

Hydrogen Peroxide Can Sometimes Erode Your Enamel

Many teeth whitening products contain hydrogen peroxide. This chemical breaks down tooth stains. The downside is that hydrogen peroxide can break down your enamel, too. This usually only happens if you whiten your teeth too often or misuse a product. It’s also very easy to damage your enamel with “natural whitening” tricks like lemon juice or homemade abrasive scrubs.

Teeth Whitening Can Hurt Your Gums

Your gums are much more sensitive than your hard tooth enamel. If bleach touches your gums, they can burn. This isn’t usually a serious problem, but if you experience bleach burns, it’s a sign to give teeth whitening a break.

Teeth Whitening Can Cause Tooth Sensitivity

Some tooth sensitivity after whitening is normal, especially if you’re doing the treatment yourself. Because the dentist controls the strength of your treatment, professional whitening is a better choice if you already have sensitive teeth. We also recommend avoiding very sweet, hot, or cold drinks and foods after a treatment. For the majority of people, the sensitivity goes away quickly.

Professional Teeth Whitening at Chandler Dental Center Is Safe & Effective

A professional treatment is much safer than whitening your teeth at home! The dentists at our San Antonio office design custom treatments for each patient, which prevents problems like enamel damage, gum burns, and serious sensitivity. Overall, professional teeth whitening is a very safe procedure. If you have any questions about teeth whitening or want to book a consultation, please contact us today!

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