Side Effects of Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening is a common, safe and effective procedure. Side effects are usually minimal, but in some cases people do experience short-term or long-term side effects after a tooth whitening procedure. For her patients in the Ardmore, Pennsylvania area, Dr. Lindsey Marshall provides Zoom! tooth whitening, a powerful whitening procedure that provides significant whitening with very little chance of serious side effects. Side effects occasionally experienced with tooth whitening include :

  • Increased tooth sensitivity. The most common side effect for tooth whitening, this condition is usually temporary.
  • Damage to tooth enamel. This can occur after prolonged exposure to bleaching agents.
  • Injury to gums or other soft tissues in the mouth. If the treatment is properly administered, soft tissues are protected during the treatment. Improperly protected tissues, such as lips and gums, can suffer irritation during whitening treatment.
  • Ingestion of whitening agents. This is more commonly experienced with at-home treatments, as professional treatments are carefully administered to avoid ingestion.

If you experience any discomfort during or after your tooth whitening treatments, you should bring this to Dr. Marshall's attention. Tooth sensitivity can be uncomfortable, but if it is bothersome it can be treated with fluoride treatments or with special toothpaste until it naturally corrects itself. For more information about comfortable, professional tooth whitening and its possible side effects, please contact the Ardmore, Pennsylvania cosmetic dentistry offices of Lindsey Marshall, DMD. We would be happy to answer your questions or schedule a tooth whitening consultation.

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