Potential teeth whitening problems


Having pearly white teeth is something people strive for through many different methods, but there are plenty of potential teeth whitening problems you should consider before you try any of them.  Of course there is always the option of using a whitening toothpaste, although this may not be an option for people with sensitive teeth.  Whitening toothpaste also may not have as dramatic of an effect as some people are seeking.


One of the most common methods of teeth whitening is bleaching.  This can be done at home with a do-it-yourself product or by a dentist, although both methods of bleaching can cause some teeth whitening problems.  Of course, doing it yourself at home is much cheaper, while having a dentist perform the bleaching can cause upwards of $500. 


One of the most common teeth whitening problems is very short-term.  Many people report that their gums are very sore after they get their teeth whitened.  The good thing about this problem is that it will go away within a few days after the bleaching stops.  The only exception to this rule is people who are chemically sensitive.  If you tend to have a lot of problems and breakouts due to chemicals, then you might want to be tested before you get your teeth bleached. 


However, even people who aren’t chemically sensitive may find their mouths reacting to the harsh chemicals involved in teeth bleaching.  This can lead to much more than gum sensitivity, which is quite common.  Other teeth whitening problems from bleaching include teeth sensitivity.  This is one of those teeth sensitivity problems that affects about half of the people who bleach their teeth.  If they didn’t have teeth sensitivity before they started bleaching, then it’s quite possible that they will experience sensitivity after they bleach.  For some people, this problem is short-lived, although it can last a lifetime for others.  

People who bleach their teeth may also experience problems with the bleaching trays.  Bleaching trays that don’t fit properly can put pressure on the teeth in all the wrong plays.  The good thing about this problem is that it’s easily corrected with proper bleaching trays from the dentist.


Another problem with bleaching is that sometimes it’s not very effective.  This happens in about a quarter of the cases.  It can also happen if the discoloration of the teeth is very extreme.  If this happens, then veneers or crowns may be the only way to get perfectly white teeth.


There are also plenty of more extreme teeth whitening problems that may happen.  For example, it is possible to become addicted to teeth whitening.  This sounds very extreme, but it’s no different than someone who obsessively diets because she doesn’t ever think she is thin enough.  It’s also possible for someone to never think his teeth are white enough, and this leads to abuse of teeth whitening products.  It’s important to check with your dentist and discover what your realistic expectations of whiteness should be.  There are so many factors that go into whiteness of teeth that it’s very easy to expect more out of your own teeth.