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Myths and truths about teeth whitening

It is very common for patients to ask about the “alleged” negative effects of teeth whitening, such as that teeth whitening “wears down” the enamel or teeth, that it causes “damage to the 'nerves' of the teeth”, that It can even “burn” the tongue or gums.

The reality is that none of these examples are real, although during whitening the whitening agent comes into contact with gums, tongue or any soft tissue, it can be uncomfortable, even "staining" the tissue white, the application of vitamin And in the area it relieves the discomfort and the stain is always temporary, it can last from a few minutes to a few days, but it always disappears.

Teeth whitening does not cause any wear or damage to the teeth, the most common side effect is tooth sensitivity, which can be managed with anti-inflammatories, toothpastes for sensitive teeth, it is not painful, the discomfort tends to be very mild (in cases where it occurs) and likewise disappears after a few days.

What to avoid after teeth whitening?

After teeth whitening, teeth are more susceptible to stains and discoloration and in some cases cause sensitivity. That is why we recommend:

  • Do not consume foods that contain pigments, such as sauces, soft drinks, etc.

  • Do not drink red wine or grape juice, or any fruit juice with strong colors.

  • No Smoking.

  • Do not eat foods at extreme temperatures, very cold or very hot, in case of post-whitening sensitivity to prevent it from getting worse, or from appearing in cases where there was no sensitivity.

“Any food that stains a white cotton shirt can stain your teeth after whitening”

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