Tooth stains and discoloration can happen so often and so naturally that many people have made professional teeth whitening a habit. When performed once in a while to brighten your smile, the side effects of the cosmetic treatment are typically minimal. However, relying on professional teeth whitening too heavily for the glory of your smile can have a few negative effects on your oral health, and may delay the detection of dental diseases. To help you safely brighten your smile and maintain its shine, Miami cosmetic dentist Dr. Arun Garg explains some side effects of excessive teeth whitening and offers a few tips for keeping your smile blemish free.
Issues with Constant Bleaching
Patients can often experience dental sensitivity immediately following a professional teeth whitening procedure. The potent bleaching agents can irritate your teeth and gums, and if you expose your mouth to them consistently, they can seep in and damage your oral tissues. Also, tooth blemishes can often by symptomatic of certain dental health issues, and whitening your teeth can cause you to miss an early warning of a serious dental health issue. While touching up your smile once in a while is typically harmless, you should first ensure that your mouth is free of tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental diseases before manipulating your smile’s appearance.
Like other dental issues, prevention is the best medicine against tooth stains. Brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day can help control the bacteria that produce acid to weaken your enamel. Limiting this acid will improve your defense against tooth decay as well as make your teeth more resilient to staining. If you are unable to brush after a meal, rinse your mouth with water to help wash away plaque and food debris to prevent them from lingering.
Beautiful, Healthy Smiles with Your Miami Cosmetic Dentist
If your tooth stains happen to be too stubborn to respond to traditional whitening treatment, Dr. Garg may recommend a more potent solution, such as dental bonding or porcelain veneers. To learn more about protecting your smile from discoloration, or to speak with Dr. Garg about teeth whitening and other tools to improve your smile, contact your Miami cosmetic dentist at the Center for Complete Dentistry by calling 305-935-4991, or visit our website to schedule your appointment online. Located in the 33180 area, we proudly serve patients from Miami, Highland Lakes, North Miami Beach, and the surrounding communities.