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Teeth Whitening – The Possible Side Effects

If there is one type of cosmetic treatment that has been very widely sought after in recent days, then it has to be teeth whitening. Unlike other cosmetic procedures, which are typically seen as rather superfluous and 'going overboard,' teeth whitening is something that many people, even the most conservative folks, can relate with. Talk to any dentist in general practice at a place where he or she sees many people a day, and chances are that he or she will tell you that they have at least met one person looking for teeth-whitening services – within that same day.

We need not go into the reasons for which people are looking for teeth-whitening help, for the reasons are so obvious. After all, we are living in an increasingly image conscious society, where having the right looks opens many doors. And while there are aspects of your 'look' that you may not be able to do anything about (and which you can therefore convince yourself to 'just live with'), there are others that you are likely to get the impression that you can change – for instance, the color of your teeth. This is what could see you, then, looking for teeth whitening services.

Now one commonly asked question, by people looking for teeth-whitening service, is as to what side effects may arise from the procedure. This is a question that has been coming up especially frequently in recent days, as people become more and more informed about the workings of medicine: where a basic tenet is that virtually all substances and procedures come with a potential for side effects. Therefore the people looking for teeth whitening want to understand what the possible side effects are – to see whether they are worth putting themselves through in pursuit of that 'perfect smile.'

So what are the possible side effects of teeth-whitening?

Well, the possible side effects of whitening depend on which approach to teeth whitening is used in any given case.

The approaches to teeth-whitening include bleaching (which is essentially a chemical approach), and veneering (which is essentially a mechanical approach).

In teeth whitening that involves the use of bleaching, possible side effects include enhanced dental sensitivity, which can be quite uncomfortable to the person in whom it is present. In a bid to penetrate the tooth and bleach away the stain on it (so as to make it brilliant white), the bleach used can also end up inadvertly damaging the enamel that covers the tooth: leading to the dental sensitivity. This is especially likely to be the case where very high concentration bleaches are used. The less concentrated teeth whitening solutions, on the other hand, have a lowered likelihood of causing dental sensitivity, though they are also less potent. There is also the risk of getting the slight poisoning effects that could result from excessive swallowing of the bleach used.

In teeth whitening that uses the mechanical approach (like veneering), one of the possible side effects is that of injuring the teeth in the considerably invasive preparatory procedure that precedes the installation of veneers. Thankfully, with today's high-precision dental technology, the chances of this actually taking place are considerably reduced.

So in the final analysis, we can conclude that teeth whitening, however you go about it, comes with potential side effects. But provided it is carried out the right way, the chances of those side effects actually manifesting are lowered.

Source by Simon Mahoney

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Teeth Whitening – How Long Does it Take?

There are many factors that could have made you to start thinking of undergoing teeth whitening. It could have been something you have always wanted to do, but which you always lacked the resources to undertake. Or it could be something you have had to do, due to changed life circumstances. There are, for instance, certain job roles that demand it of you to go the extra mile in making yourself look good, and you could have landed such a role – making it essential for you to undertake teeth whitening. It could also be a situation where you simply look at yourself on the mirror one day, realize that your teeth do not look the way you would want them to, and decide there and then to have them whitened; so that you can be 'proud of them.' Or, yet still, it could be something else along those lines.

It is from such a background, then, that you would find yourself keen on undergoing teeth whitening. And just before getting started on the project, you could find yourself keen on understanding how long it would be likely to be, before you can have those brilliant teeth you are so much after. Of course, this interest in the time-aspect of the project may not just be abstract: we could also be looking at a situation where you are looking to undertake the teeth whitening with a particular upcoming event in mind. You would therefore be keen on knowing how long the process would take, so that you can embark on it in good time.

So, how long does teeth whitening take?

Well, how long teeth whitening takes depends to a great extent on how you decide to go about it.

How you decide to go about teeth whitening, on the other hand, depends on the nature of teeth discoloration problem you are looking at.

At the most fundamental level, you have two main ways through which you can get your teeth whitened. You can either make use of a teeth whitening gel (also called a bleach), or you could decide to make use of an approach such as a veneer – where a brilliant white cover is expertly applied to the teeth, to make them look alluringly white .

Obviously, where you decide to use an approach such as veneering in teeth whitening, you get immediate results, as it is more or less a mechanical solution. But veneering is a highly sophisticated process, and chances are that whatever facility you go to get it done, there would be other people ahead of you in the queue for the procedure. This would mean your having to wait for quite some time. You will also be informed that some dentists warn against the use of intrusive approaches such as veneering where there are other possible alternatives – leaving veneering for addressing the worst types of teeth discoloration.

When you decide to make use of the chemical approach (something like a teeth bleaching gel), you will probably not have to wait on a queue for the teeth whitening to be done; because there are many facilities from where you can get these gels applied. In any case, there are some low-concentration teeth whitening gels that you can use at home. But the fact that you will not have to wait on a queue is not much reprieve, when you take into consideration that most of these teeth whitening gels take some time to start delivering results. For those that are applied in the cosmetic dentist's clinic, you may have to go for a number of sessions before you can start seeing the results you are so much after. For those that you use at home, you may have to make use of them consistently for a few weeks, before you can start seeing results.

In the final analysis, then, we can say that the time required for teeth whitening depends largely on how you decide to go about it. Ultimately though, for most people, it tends to be at least a few weeks between making the decision to have teeth whitened and actually getting the teeth in that dazzling state.

Source by Simon Mahoney

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