Whitening Risks

If you’re considering laser teeth whitening or the more traditional method of bleaching, you should be aware of the risks that come with undergoing the procedure. While not everyone will have the same reaction, some people are more at risk for adverse results than others. For those individuals, other options such as porcelain veneers might be a better choice.

After an in-office bleaching session, some patients find that their teeth have become more sensitive to pressure and/or temperature. This is often temporary, but some find the sensation unpleasant, particularly if there is shooting pain in the teeth. Cosmetic dentists often recommend potassium nitrate toothpaste to help.

Quite a few people experience irritated gums after bleaching. This rarely lasts more than a few days, however.

“Technicolor teeth” occur when there are visible veneers, crowns, bonding, or fillings that retain their color while the teeth are whitened. Restoration replacements might be needed.