Does Teeth Whitening Help or Hurt Teeth?

A side by side comparison of what teeth whitening can do to improve your smile from dental partners of boston

We all want sparkly, white teeth. It can make your smile go from ordinary to extraordinary! There are a lot of products out there today that claim to whiten your teeth. While most of them can do the job, at least temporarily, not all are a good option. It’s always a better option to talk to your dentist first before choosing the right option for teeth whitening. Some options can cause damage to your teeth that’s hard to reverse.

You may ask the question “Does teeth whitening help or hurt my teeth?” The answer isn’t quite as simple as a ‘yes’ or a ‘no.’ The dentists at Dental Partners of Boston can give you some insight that may help!

One of the most frequently asked questions our Boston Dentists receive is: “Does teeth whitening damage your tooth enamel?” The easy answer, agreed upon by many dentists is no. Teeth whitening gel will not damage or harm your tooth enamel. Enamel is one of the hardest tissues in our bodies. Inside the enamel are tiny tubules. To whiten our teeth this gel flows through these enamel tubules and lightens the stained tissue.

While whitening won’t damage the enamel it can cause some tooth sensitivity. This sensitivity is often only temporary. While the whitening gel goes to work, the tubules inside the enamel are left exposed and open. This is called dehydration. But quickly the organic material found in saliva is quickly absorbed into the tubules. During this process it is very important to stay away from consuming any food or drink that contains color. Until the enamel is re-hydrated it will absorb any color that it is exposed to. Also during this time, it’s good to avoid hot or cold liquids as it will cause even more sensitivity.

Dehydration can happen any time the saliva flow is disrupted. This can be caused by many factors like: simply breathing, smoking, specific medications, radiation treatments and some medical conditions. Dehydration can happen very quickly and re-hydration can take several hours. Sensitivity occurs during the dehydration and re-hydration process. If you experience this it during the whitening process discontinue using the whitening gel or other product until sensitivity is no longer an issue.  

Again we want to emphasize that whitening your teeth will not cause damage just some sensitivity as explained above. Teeth whitening can be a very easy procedure and is something your Cosmetic Dentist at Dental Parnters of Boston can offer. It offers great results and is fairly easy to maintain over time. Give Dental Partners of Boston a call today to schedule your teeth whitening consultation.

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