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Does teeth whitening damage my teeth?

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Among the most frequently asked questions we get at Ringmer Dental is “does teeth whitening damage the enamel?”

The conclusive answer is NO, teeth whitening gel will NOT damage or harm your tooth enamel.

Enamel is considered the hardest tissue in the human body. Enamel consists of tiny tubules that can only be viewed under high magnification. Even though enamel is the outermost layer of the tooth, it is the layer of tissue beneath the enamel that absorbs most of the stain, called dentin. To achieve successful whitening, the product flows through the enamel tubules and begins to lighten the underlying stained tissue.

  • Why does teeth whitening cause sensitivity?

Blog_Img_2021_06_01_002Whitening products can cause temporary tooth sensitivity. As the whitening gel undergoes its natural process from active to inactive, the tubules are left open and exposed, known as dehydration. The tubules are quickly remineralized by organic material found in saliva. During this time, it is important to avoid consuming any food or drink containing colour. Until the tooth is completely rehydrated it will absorb any colour of food or liquid it is exposed to. At this time, it is also suggested to stay away from extremely hot and cold along with sweet and salty substances, to avoid possible irritation of the nerve tissue.

Although it takes a very short time to dehydrate, re-hydration of the teeth can take hours. Tooth dehydration can be identified by white spots on the surface of the tooth. As the tooth becomes re-hydrated the white spots will disappear. If you experience sensitivity while teeth whitening discontinue until sensitivity is no longer an issue.

  • What teeth whitening do you offer at Ringmer Dental?

Here at Ringmer Dental we offer at home teeth whitening service. The dentist will first take impressions of your teeth. These will then be sent away to the laboratory for them to create custom made whitening trays. The dentist will then show you how to apply the gel to the trays and advise you how long you should wear the trays for, you will then be able to complete the treatment at home at a time to suit you.

  • How long will the results last?

Blog_Img_2021_06_01_003How long the results will last will depend heavily on your lifestyle. If you are a smoker, drink a lot of tea or coffee and eat staining foods your teeth will not remain as white for as long. Normally it will be necessary to top up your whitening every 1-2 years to keep your teeth looking their best.

  • What aftercare will my teeth need?

Caring for your teeth following teeth whitening:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day, with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
  • Visit your dental team regularly, as often as they recommend.
  • You can help to keep your teeth white by cutting down on the amount of food and drinks you have that can stain teeth.

If you would like to speak to find out more about teeth whitening and start the journey to brighter smile, call Ringmer Dental on 01273 813898 today.