Teeth whitening treatments are now the top requested cosmetic dental procedures in the U.S.. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, bleaching has increased more than 300% since 1996!
Americans sure love their white smiles, but are some people getting carried away?
While most would stop short of calling it a teeth whitening addiction, some people overdo it in the quest for the perfect pearly-white smile – just like the actors and actresses we see on TV.
As a leading cosmetic dentist in Pasadena, I see that some people have a tendency to over-use teeth whitening products and treatments. Their teeth almost have a “glow in the dark” effect which looks un-natural.
So, how can you tell if you're going over-board with your teeth whitening regime?
Tell tale signs include:
- Excessive sensitivity of the teeth, especially to cold food and drinks .
- Redness, irritation and bleeding in the gums.
- Teeth may start to appear translucent or blotchy.
When it comes to getting your teeth whiter, your safest, most-effective bet is to get profes
sional whitening treatments right here in my office. Those over-the-counter products can become a real hazard if they're over-used. In fact, if you've had the peroxide from those whitening strips on too long, you can get a throbbing pain in your tooth. It goes away, but your teeth hurt for a while afterwards. Not fun.
Don't ruin your teeth from too much whitening. Contact my office and have it done professionally. In my opinion, it's the only way to go.