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Why we do not recommend teeth whitening

Bleeching at dentist

We know that aesthetics are very important to our patients. We are always recommending all available tools to improve oral health of all our patients. However there is one treatment we do not do, which is teeth whitening. There are several reasons why we are not carrying out such treatments and there are very advanced methods for teeth whitening. Despite this we do not recommend at our clinic teeth whitening to our patients.

Teeth whitening is a commonly requested dental service, but it's worth noting that some dentists, including us, may exercise caution in recommending it. The reasons vary and are often based on individual medical histories and the condition of one's teeth and gums. However, here are some general concerns that dental professionals have:

  1. Tooth Sensitivity: The bleaching agents used can make teeth and gums more sensitive, which may be problematic for individuals who already experience sensitivity.

  2. Uneven Whitening: Teeth have different shades and may not whiten uniformly. Dental work such as crowns, fillings, and veneers won't whiten, leading to a mismatched smile.

  3. Gum Irritation: The whitening agents can irritate gums, leading to soreness or inflammation.

  4. Risk of Overuse: Over-the-counter products, if misused, can lead to enamel erosion and other dental problems. Even professional treatments can cause issues if done excessively.

  5. Underlying Issues: Whitening can mask dental problems like cavities or gum disease that need attention. If these issues are not addressed first, whitening treatments could exacerbate them.

  6. Temporary Results: Teeth whitening is not permanent. Teeth can become stained again, especially if one consumes a lot of staining foods and drinks, like coffee or red wine.

  7. Not Suitable for Everyone: Not everyone is a good candidate for teeth whitening. Those with already thin enamel, receding gums, or sensitive teeth may be advised against it.

  8. Interactions with Existing Dental Work: As mentioned earlier, existing dental work like crowns and fillings don’t respond to whitening agents the same way natural teeth do.

It's always best to consult with a qualified dentist to determine if teeth whitening is a good option for you. They can provide a comprehensive exam and suggest the most appropriate treatment based on your dental health.

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