Can Tooth Whitening Damage Teeth?

Everyone loves white teeth. Having a beautiful white smile not only boosts your self-confidence, but can also help you land that dream job; however, some people take it to the limit over doing it with tooth whitening products that could cause serious problems for your teeth and gums.

According to Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi, over whitening teeth has become epidemic with people all over the world vying for the perfect smile. Unfortunately, people who use tooth whitening products too often, or wear the product longer than they should may suffer from permanent damage.

Like anything else in life, you can overdo tooth bleaching. Daily, weekly, and even monthly tooth whitening toothpaste, strips, gels, gum, and those DIY trays can make your teeth lose their sheen looking less shiny and chalkier. Too much tooth whitening can also create permanent white spots on your teeth. Remember, teeth are not bright white, but more on the pearly side.

According to Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi, your teeth should match the whites in your eyes. Dr. Ivan explains that those DIY tooth whitening kits are only meant to be used a couple of times a year, not every day, and although the FDA has approved tooth whitening kits four times a year, Dr. Ivan doesn’t recommend it.

What is Too Much?

Depending on dietary and oral hygiene habits, you will only need to touch up your teeth at home every six to twelve months. Remember, the peroxide that is used in both over the counter and professional tooth whitening products can cause cellular damage such as gum over-sensitivity and gingivitis. If you are heavy handed with tooth whitening products you also run the risk of wearing away the enamel on your teeth.

Problems that can occur from over bleaching include:

  • Blue Teeth
  • Worn Enamel
  • Chalky Teeth
  • White Spots
  • Gum Disease
  • Tooth and Gum Sensitivity

For the safest results, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi who can whiten your teeth chairside or design custom made bleaching trays for you to use at home.

Don’t risk over bleaching. Call or click and schedule a tooth whitening visit with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi today.