Teeth Bleaching: Pros and Cons

If you are self-conscious about your smile because of discolored teeth, it is easy to get why you would be interested in getting a teeth bleaching treatment. We want to fully inform you about the pros and cons of whitening your teeth so you can make an educated decision about this treatment. Here is what you need to know before calling to set up a free consultation.

Where Did Teeth Bleaching Originate?

According to the Seattle Times, teeth whitening was a practice as many as 4,000 years ago in ancient Egypt. The mixture they used was of pumice and vinegar. Having whitened teeth was a display of wealth.

Today we offer more modern solutions for discolored teeth. There are at-home whitening kits, DIY methods involving peroxide, and there are formulas specifically made for the use of a dentist. Some methods are better than others.

Pros of Teeth Bleaching

Whitening your teeth, like most other cosmetic dentistry, is going to make your smile more attractive. You can be more confident smiling knowing that your teeth look bright and healthy. Discoloration from teas, coffee, smoking, etc. can make your mouth look unhealthy and unattractive. The benefits of having confidence in your smile are priceless.

We know how much it can make you feel insecure when you are worried about the appearance of your smile and we want to be able to fix that for you so that you never have to be held back by it again.

Cons of Teeth Bleaching

Especially with at-home kits, whitening can irritate the gums, throat, and stomach. This can happen when the trays that they provide you are too big, allowing the solution to leak out. When it sits on your gums or you end up swallowing too much of it, that can cause some discomfort. This is typically not a problem for those who go get the teeth professionally bleached by a dentist. If you are worried about the possible ramifications of getting your teeth whitened, we would gladly discuss these concerns with you during a free consultation. Don’t hesitate to reach out to set one up.

Is It Right for Me?

There are instances in which you should avoid bleaching your teeth. If you have dental health issues such as gingivitis, tooth abscess, or other similar issues which require treatment, we recommend doing that first.

We can give you the needed restorative treatments and then explore the option of teeth bleaching once you are good and healthy. We do not want cosmetic treatments to aggravate your dental health, so we must address any issues before you get your teeth whitened.

Call Our Amherst Dentist Today!

Are you unhappy with your smile and think that a whitening teeth treatment is right for you? We can help. If you want to know more about teeth bleaching or get set up with a free consultation, please call our office today. We would be happy to get you in right away.

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