The Risks of Excessive Tooth Bleaching

Most people want whiter teeth. Instead of waiting around for their at-home whitening products to work, they overuse the product to have a whiter smile faster. This may sound like a good idea in theory, but what are the risks of excessive bleaching?
People who are obsessed with whitening their teeth, sometimes called “bleachorexics,” are never satisfied with the color. They constantly use the bleach, becoming addicted to it and using it more than necessary. This behavior can harm your teeth.
Excessive use of whitener can damage the structure of your tooth enamel. The bleaching products contain a strong peroxide agent that can hurt the nerve endings inside your tooth. The chemicals can get into your nerves through weak enamel or cracks. When the nerves become exposed to the chemical, it can cause tooth sensitivity or pain.
Too much peroxide can make your teeth have an uneven color tone and different shades. Instead of getting whiter, after excessive use your enamel will begin to turn a light bluish color.
Whitening abuse also damages your gums. The peroxide can burn your gum tissue and cause your gums to recede. At-home whitening trays that are not the right size or alignment can cause your gums to become irritated. If you notice inflammation or discoloration in your gums, you are not using the product correctly.
If the bleach spills out of the whitening tray and burns your gums, you have a risk of swallowing the chemicals. This can cause nausea, dizziness, and vomiting.
Tooth whitening is safest and most effective when done professionally by your dentist. Dr. Coon can recommend the method best for you. If you want to try at-home whitening systems, don’t abuse the treatments. Make sure you follow the directions to avoid any dangers.
Contact Dr. Coon if you notice any uncomfortable changes in your teeth or gums. Call Grinnell Street Dental in Sheridan, WY at 307-672-7567 to schedule an appointment to discuss your whitening needs.