When Whitening goes too Far


teeth whitening houston tx  | Royal DentalPeople have been whitening their teeth for far longer than you might imagine. This process of restoring radiance to the smile started hundreds of years ago. The methods used, though, led to widespread tooth damage and erosion. It took quite a bit of time to perfect the teeth whitening technique, and now men and women of all ages are finding their way back to their most brilliant smile in a safe, effective manner. In most cases, teeth whitening resolves the problem of discoloration without consequence. However, there is such a thing as taking whitening too far.

Having a beautiful, bright smile is one thing. Having a paper-white smile at all times is going a little too far. This is not something that can be done without sustaining damage, and that is what we have gotten away from through all these years of development. Don’t take steps backward by making these mistakes.

  • Whitening too frequently
  • Wearing whitening trays too long
  • Whitening far beyond your natural shade

What Happens with Too much Whitening

When whitening trays are worn longer than the recommended time, what patients tend to experience is sensitivity. This is a normal side-effect of whitening, stemming from the penetration of the outer film that protects enamel. When we say sensitivity, we don’t mean a minor ache when you eat or drink something hot or cold. We mean zingers, shooting pain that could make your knees go soft. Avoid this. Wear your whitening trays as directed.

Whitening too frequently leads to another problem: erosion. This has been noted in clinical cases of patients who touch-up their teeth several times a year. Most whitening products, even commercial strips, are intended for about once-a-year use. More is not better. In fact, it could lead to more discoloration as enamel is thinned and underlying dentin shows through.

Going too white is another temptation we often see. The consequence of trying to replicate your favorite celebrity’s smile is that your complexion is best complemented by a particular range of brightness. When you extent far beyond your natural shade, you lose your natural beauty.

It is possible to get the perfectly bright smile you desire. We can help you. Call Royal Dental in a city near you.

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