Teeth Whitening Cons
What You Need to Know Before Getting your Teeth Whitened
A glowing smile is often the hallmark of beauty and the first sign of confidence and health. Aside from looking good and feeling great – teeth whitening, like most procedures, has its pros and cons that are usually dependent on the patient.
We pride ourselves on being open and honest with our clients, letting you know more or less what to expect before you decide to undergo any of our treatments. In light of that commitment, we would need to evaluate your oral health to see if you are a good candidate before going ahead with any treatment option.
Here are 5 cons of teeth whitening from Distinctive Dental Care’s Dr Philip Makepeace:
Compared to home bleaching kits, professional teeth whitening procedures are relatively expensive. The fact that most dental insurances do not cover the expense of whitening treatments, makes the cost factor worst in comparison to some of the other treatments. However, while you may feel a slight pinch in your pocket, compared to at home whiting kits, professional teeth whitening ensures safety, is closely monitored and provides longer lasting, quality results.
2. You may not be a candidate
There is a chance that you may not respond well to the whitening treatments and this depends largely on your teeth’s condition and overall health. Teeth that have discoloured to a brown or grey shade may not see an extremely noticeable result from whitening treatments, compared to those that are yellow. Furthermore, if you have implants like crowns, veneers or fillings – they may stand out against your natural teeth as whitening chemicals do not influence their appearance.
Tooth stains resulting from certain drugs—such as tetracycline’s or even tobacco may be unresponsive to bleaching treatments.
4. Treatment is not permanent
The desired result will require multiple procedures to maintain the treatment and not just a one-off visit. Although the results tend to last between one to three years, teeth whitening is not permanent and will wear off if it is not maintained. Smoking, tobacco, coffee or other staining foods and drinks may result in the whiteness of your teeth slowly declining in as little as one month after treatment.
5. There are side effects
Although we take the utmost care and precaution when carrying out the procedure – teeth whitening can result in a few side effects. Many patients have reported teeth sensitivity a few days after the procedure. Sensitivity is characterised by a sharp pain when you eat or drink something that is hot or cold. Gum disease, recession, decayed or damaged teeth, may increase your chance of sensitivity but this is usually when people use peroxide-based whiteners. Although uncomfortable symptoms typically subside within two days after a tooth-whitening session, issues like sensitivity can linger for a month.
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Despite the cons that go with teeth whitening, the main goal of most of our patients is to improve their appearance. With our smiles generally being our trademark in this image-driven world, whiter teeth are often associated with health and beauty and confidence – allowing you to smile a whole lot more than you usually would with stained teeth.
As you start to age, you may notice wrinkles and imperfections starting to make an appearance. Not only does a dazzling smile give you a confidence boost but it also distracts from the first signs of ageing making your teeth the main focus.