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Doctor insights on: Tooth Bleaching Complications

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How does tooth bleaching work?

How does tooth bleaching work?

Chemical reaction: Whiteners use bleaching chemicals to get into the tooth enamel & set off a chemical reaction (an oxidation reaction) that breaks apart the staining compounds. Most tooth whiteners use one of two chemical agents: carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide (the same stuff that will bleaches hair). Carbamide peroxide breaks down into hydrogen peroxide, which is the main active whitening component. ...Read more

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Is there a cheap tooth bleaching procedure?

Is there a cheap tooth bleaching procedure?

Crest Strips: You can get the crest strips at some stores. They will have an effect. You should have your teeth cleaned before you start bleaching to get the best result. You should get a better result from having it done professional by a dentist. ...Read more

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What are some of the cons of tooth bleaching?

What are some of the cons of tooth bleaching?

SENSITIVITY: Sensitivity is the #1 downfall to whitening teeth. I myself cannot whiten my teeth more than once a year or so due to the sharp pains when i breathe in after whitening is done! you can combat this by using desensitizing gel (from dentist) after the use of your trays. Fluoride toothpaste and rinse can also help, before and after whitening. In office whitening is a whole other topic, ask ur dds! ...Read more

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Which best tooth bleaching method is the best?

Which best tooth bleaching method is the best?

There is no best: Technique. It depends on how quickly you want to whiten. The professional in-office whitening systems work very well and provide the immediate "wow". The take home kits take 7-10 days to give good results. Consult with your dentist for professional kits versus the otc kits. ...Read more

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Which tooth bleaching approach is the cheapest?

Which tooth bleaching approach is the cheapest?

Over the Counter: There are a number of good over the counter solutions today. Look at the crest white strips as an option. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me the cons of tooth bleaching?

Can someone tell me the cons of tooth bleaching?

The cons of bleachin: Bleaching does not whiten dental materials so the procedure may create the need to replace current dental work to match the newly whitened teeth. Secondly, the results of bleaching cannot be predicted or guaranteed, although for most all cases a level of whitening is achieved. Third, some sensitivity may result which can be managed with the assistance of the dentist. Last, the teeth must be health. ...Read more

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How do I alleviate the pain after a tooth bleaching session?

How do I alleviate the pain after a tooth bleaching session?

Fluoride: I recommend using a Fluoride gel in the bleaching tray. Your dentist can prescribe this for you or may have it available in his or her office. I would also avoid cold foods and beverages while the teeth are sensitive.Bleach. ...Read more

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Does the tooth bleaching system using the blue lamp really work?

Does the tooth bleaching system using the blue lamp really work?

Yes, but . . . .: Bleaching systems that don't use the blue light can work equally as well. Results can vary tremendously. Just because someone uses the 'blue light' does not justify the additional cost, if there is any, in my opinion. ...Read more

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After initial tooth bleaching, does the whiteness become less bright after a while?

After initial tooth bleaching, does the whiteness become less bright after a while?

Yes: Eventually the teeth will loose the whiteness as stains from foods and drinks will darken the teeth overtime. You may require a touch up bleach treatment periodically. ...Read more

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Should i undergo tooth bleaching when I have cavities?

Should i undergo tooth bleaching when I have cavities?

Bleaching is last: Bleaching is reserved for health teeth & gums. Have everything fixed & under control before considering bleaching. ...Read more

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Can you tell me are diy tooth bleaching kits really that bad?

Can you tell me are diy tooth bleaching kits really that bad?

Let me ask you:: If your car needed auto body repair, would you try to do it yourself or go to a professional auto body repair shop? In both cases, if you want the job done well, it requires professional advice, experience and the right materials and methods. It depends upon your priorities, expectations and needs. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are diy tooth bleaching kits really that bad?

Can you tell me, are diy tooth bleaching kits really that bad?

Tooth whitening: DIY bleaching kits can work. Over the counter kits such as crest white strips that can be purchased at most any drug store work well and are very affordable. Some of the kits you buy off of websites can work, but if they have bleaching gels with generic bleaching trays that don't fit you teeth well, you will get bleach leaking around your gums and it can cause irritation and pain. ...Read more

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Can enamel building toothpaste work after tooth bleaching?

Can enamel building toothpaste work after tooth bleaching?

Yes: I would recommend a Fluoride toothpaste or Fluoride mouthwash like act to help protect your tooth enamel. Also, do not over-whiten to help prevent sensitivity. Studies show lower concentration over time gets the best results. ...Read more

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Tooth bleaching question ---why does it cause sharp stabbling nerve pain?

Tooth bleaching question ---why does it cause sharp stabbling nerve pain?

Material used: some patients react to the concentration of the peroxide component used. Usually this can be adjusted if a dentist is involved in the process ...Read more

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Is there any bad effects of having laser bleach for my tooth?

Is there any bad effects of having laser bleach for my tooth?

Possibly: Bleaching of teeth is generally a very safe procedure however in rare situations adverse effects can occur. A specific example of this is invasive cervical resorption. It is suspected that this reaction occurs due to a gap found in 10% of patients between the enamel and dentin called gap junctions. This area may be adversely effected by the bleaching and cause a hole to develop. ...Read more

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A1 tooth shade vs b1 tooth shade? What's whiter/ brighter. Also, what is the whitest non bleach tooth shade?

A1 tooth shade vs b1 tooth shade? What's whiter/ brighter. Also, what is the whitest non bleach tooth shade?

B1 is a natural: Most people would love to be white as B1 or in that range, but are more like A2 or A3. ...Read more

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Why does bleaching cause tooth pain?

Why does bleaching cause tooth pain?

Reasons: Teeth are made up of a hard outer layer(enamel) and a softer layer underneath (dentin). Dentin has nerves and when exposed becomes sensitive. Whitening temporarily makes the enamel more permeable and microscopically exposes the dentin. Also the trays used in whitening can put pressure on the teeth which can cause them to become sore. ...Read more

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Does teeth bleaching ruin the tooth enamel?

No: Just don't overdo it. Your teeth will only whiten to the extent that the enamel will allow. The color of the dentin underneath will still shine through and cannot be lightened by bleaching. Likewise, if you have recession, your exposed roots will not lighten and should not be bleached. A common side effect of whitening is sensitivity of the teeth, which is transient. ...Read more

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Why does teeth bleaching ruin tooth enamel?

It does not: There have been many studies done on the safety of bleach on enamel and not one has proved it is permanently harmful. (yet?). ...Read more

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