Does Tooth Whitening Damage Enamel?
The tooth whitening products used in our office and provided for at-home use by our cosmetic dentists will not harm your enamel. Some patients may experience a temporary increase in tooth sensitivity immediately after their in-office tooth whitening procedure, but this should diminish on its own within just a few short days. Patients who are whiting at home may experience increased sensitivity during the course of treatment, though this is also temporary and not harmful to the teeth. Prior to recommending a tooth whitening service, we will carefully examine your teeth and gums for any indication of oral health issues. If decay, infection, or disease is present, other treatments may be necessary before teeth bleaching to help ensure optimal comfort.
Many people do not experience any sensitivity when whitening their teeth through the services offered at our Cincinnati cosmetic dentistry office. The same cannot be said of store-bought tooth whitening products. Many of the products available over-the-counter are difficult to apply and easy to overdo, increasing risks for sensitivity, gum irritation, and even sores inside the cheeks. Even the most effective of these products can cause serious discomfort – and none of them can offer the same results as our cosmetic dentists.
If you are considering teeth whitening, we strongly encourage you to call us for a cleaning and examination first – enabling us to guide you towards the safest and most effective product while ensuring you are not risking the overall health of your smile. A preliminary cleaning may also remove enough surface staining as to render topical bleaches unnecessary.
If you would like to learn about professional tooth whitening options in Cincinnati, Dayton, or surrounding areas of Ohio, please contact Hardin Advanced Dentistry today. Our cosmetic dentists welcome patients from the Greater Cincinnati area along with those living in Southeast Indiana and Northern Kentucky.