Does Teeth Whitening Damage Your Teeth?

We all want those pearly whites and for good reason! A smile is often the first thing we notice about someone new. With certain foods/drinks, age, or other reasons – your teeth may need a bit of help when it comes to staying white and fresh. That’s very normal!

You may have experimented with multiple whitening methods and seen improvements in your smile – but wonder if any forms of teeth whitening cause damage? There is a downside to certain types of whitening methods. Keep reading to learn which ones!

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

There are two main types of stains: extrinsic and intrinsic teeth stains. Extrinsic stains are on the surface of your teeth while intrinsic stains reside within and beneath the tooth enamel, which is commonly caused by…

  • Aging
  • Defects within the tooth
  • Use of certain antibiotics during tooth development
  • Smoking

The right kind of teeth whitening works to restore discolored or stained teeth to or beyond their natural shade. While many over-the-counter products are popular and work to some extent, professional whitening is a way more effective and quicker method. 

A professional teeth whitening procedure is the most commonly requested type of cosmetic dentistry with a fairly simple process. It will greatly improve the whiteness of your smile and boost your confidence!

Watch for Symptoms

If you experience any pain or discomfort when using a whitening product, slow down or stop using it immediately. Many people experience gum sensitivity or pain with over-the-counter products. You may also decrease the amount of time you are using it. 

Even if the whitening agent you use is safe and effective, following the directions is essential to protecting your teeth. If you have doubts or concerns about a certain whitening product or method, talk to your dentist to be sure.

The whitening process is monitored by the dentist and the patient should report any concerns. The dentist will cover all instructions and details with the patient.

Try Professional Teeth Whitening Today

If you are concerned about the color of your teeth, ask Dr. Foote or your dentist about options for improving your smile. If you’re unsatisfied with the results of your over-the-counter whitening products, consider our professional teeth whitening services. 

Sign up for a consultation by filling out our online contact form or calling (573) 449-2311.