To Bleach or Not To Bleach?

If you’re like many Americans, at some point you’ve considered whitening your teeth. Because let’s face it, for many of us our pearly “whites” are actually more like our pearly “faint yellows.” Age, eating, and drinking habits can and have led to your teeth discoloration. The solution to revitalizing your smile is with teeth whitening applications.

Over-the-counter teeth whitening products offer a convenient way to brighten your smile at home, but using these too aggressively can be dangerous to your oral health. Attaining the perfect smile has become simpler and more affordable with drugstore aisle’s full of whitening bleaches, trays, and strips, but all too often people don’t know when to stop, and their excessive use of whiteners can cause permanent damage to teeth and gums.

Some of the side effects of using over-the-counter teeth whitening products excessively include gum irritation, translucent appearance, loss of tooth enamel, and increased tooth sensitivity. Some of the effects of overusing whitening products, such as tooth sensitivity and gum irritation, typically go away when you stop using these products. However, tooth enamel loss is a more serious effect, making it important to avoid this problem.

You aren’t alone in wanting whiter teeth, but doing so safely is important to your oral health. Keep in mind that good daily oral health habits like brushing and flossing and regular checkups and cleanings go far in keeping your smile bright and healthy.

We hope this advice will help in your quest for whiter teeth. You can turn to us for Chicago dental implants, dental exams, mouth reconstruction, and crowns. To schedule an appointment at our office, call us at (847) 629-4875.