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Precautions to Be Taken Before Teeth Whitening


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Teeth bleaching is one of the most effective procedures and are safe as well. However, certain principles are to be maintained and precautionary measures must be taken to prevent any mishap. 

Noted below are some of the potential precautionary measures that must be taken by everyone before opting for teeth whitening: 

  • Bleaching is not meant for everyone; kids and adolescents must be exempted from teeth whitening. Since the nerves present inside the teeth of these tender humans are bulky during this age and are also closer to the teeth’s enameled surface, it can be potentially harmful for their dental health. Whitening can cause tremendous damage to the nerves by causing irritation, and this is caused by the chemical agents used as bleaching ingredients.

  • Allergies is often caused due to the peroxide substances present in the bleaching agent and these substances are basically contra-indications for whitening.

  • The mouth trays used for carrying the whitening or bleaching gel into our mouth must fit in accurately. They must be able to provide significant protection to our gums as well as our mouth by avoiding any leakage of the peroxide substance. Also the bleaching gel provided in the tray must be of a reasonable amount. It must be just enough for covering each tooth individually, but should not overflow to reach the gums. The mouth must be rinsed thoroughly after every session of whitening.

  • Have proper knowledge about the concentrations of peroxide solutions to be used. Carbamide peroxide should not exceed 22%. If it is hydrogen peroxide, 6.6% is the highest concentration to be used. If the concentration exceeds these amounts mentioned, some safety issues might arise and it might as well increase the risk of enamel erosion and tooth sensitivity.

  • Teeth bleaching are not a routine procedure; it must be done once in a year and not more than that.

  • Teeth whitening is not really safe for pregnant and lactating women, since there isn't’t any conclusion about the safety in these delicate cases. In some cases during pregnancy, the gums might be vulnerable due to hormonal reasons.

  • If any other Dental Veneers problems exist, such as fractures, cavities, crowns, defective fillings etc, restorative treatments should be carried out before bleaching the teeth.

  • Bleaching would not make any significant difference to the white fillings or artificial teeth. If you need to do some resin or ceramic composite filling or use any prosthetic appliances like veneers, crowns, dentures or bridges, you must do it after bleaching your teeth to match the color of the improved teeth. With the use of matching shades for filling, you would look much better.

  • If you are having sensitivity problems to hot or cold substances, you must avoid bleaching or if it is necessary, you must use a combination of potassium nitrate or fluoride agents that can assist in preventing progressive deterioration of uneasiness. Some toothpaste for tooth sensitivity can be used for preventing further damage.

  • Before the whitening procedure is carried out, the gums must be treated and tartar must be thoroughly removed. Even the healthy gums must be protected adequately during each session. If proper precautions are not taken, chances are that you might develop sores.



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