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Home teeth whitening (bleaching)

Home teeth bleaching systems can reverse the natural wear and tear that causes yellowed teeth, resulting in a whiter smile.

Home Teeth Whitening (Bleaching) Side Effects

Teeth may become sensitive during treatment. If they do, the sensation should dull within 24 hours. Bleaching of the gums can occur if gel is left on the gums.

Softer enamel tends to turn temporarily whiter than the rest of the tooth, resulting in a patchy appearance that resolves itself after two or three days. This affects people who have had braces, or who have a common condition known as hypocalcification - weaker areas of tooth enamel.

Who shouldn't use it: Home whitening systems can only be used on natural teeth. Crowns and bridges cannot be bleached. Home whitening systems may not be ideal for individuals with gum disease or receding gums.

Home whitening systems can't address all types of discolored teeth. Teeth that are gray, for example, may not respond well.

Tetracycline-stained teeth cannot be improved with home bleaching systems.

Drawbacks: Home whitening systems have a significantly lower concentration of the bleaching agent, meaning it will take longer to lighten teeth. Professional whitening is much faster. Gray teeth are not affected.

Recovery Time For Home Teeth Whitening (Bleaching)

There is no recovery time associated with home tooth whitening.

After care for home teeth whitening (bleaching): Practicing good dental hygiene can keep your teeth whiter longer. Brush and floss twice daily (at least). Using a desensitizing agent like potassium nitrate or fluoride between bleaching sessions can help decrease tooth sensitivity.

People who have highly sensitive teeth can use a fluoride or potassium nitrate-rich mouthwash or toothpaste.

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