Top 4 Risks Associated with Teeth Whitening

Tooth whitening, like any other form of cosmetic treatment, has some risks and side effects attached to it. The side effects are not specific, and it varies depending on the type of teeth whitening procedure that is employed.


Usually, the cosmetic dentistry procedures of teeth whitening tend to have much more in the way of risks and side effects compared to the natural teeth whitening methods

Fortunately, unlike many of the other cosmetic dentistry procedures, the risks associated with the teeth whitening procedures are much fewer and far less significant regarding severity.

In fact, most of the risks and side effects of clinical teeth whitening procedures such as laser teeth whitening usually fade off on their own after some time without actually raising the need for any further or additional treatment.

That said, the following is a list of the top 4 most common risks associated with various teeth whitening procedures:


Tooth Sensitivity

If you have ever undergone professional tooth whitening at any point in your life then you will know about the teeth sensitivity that very often usually accompanies such treatment.

Note that the tooth sensitivity is indicated as a possible side effect and a good number of people who undergo such treatments never actually report feeling any sensitivity at all.

In fact, of the people that report feeling tooth sensitivity after the treatment, more than half of them have a previous history of tooth sensitivity, to begin with. In most cases, the sensitivity is never painful.


The only real problem is that it is irritating and can make you feel very uncomfortable. Some of the leading teeth whitening procedures that carry the risk of teeth sensitivity following the treatment include laser teeth whitening.

In almost all cases, the tooth sensitivity usually lasts for a few hours (and 2-3 days at most) and fades off naturally after that without the need for any subsequent treatments.

However, in some rare cases where the sensitivity is very severe or extends for more than a few days, your dentist may prescribe for you some special treatments or medication to help you deal with the sensitivity.

Among people who use natural methods of teeth whitening, tooth sensitivity is rarely ever reported as a side effect unless it is caused by something else besides the actual treatment itself.



This too is another rare side effect of teeth whitening. In most cases, it is reported after extended professional tooth whitening procedures and rarely, if ever, follows any natural teeth whitening procedures.

Toothaches resulting directly from professional teeth whitening are not usually severe and rarely ever last for more than a few days before fading off and disappearing naturally.


However, if the tooth is very painful, your dentist may prescribe some painkillers for you to help in numbing the pain.


Gum Sensitivity

In most of the cases where patients have reported sensitivity or pain in the gums, the problem has often been found to be a direct result of negligence or carelessness on the part of the cosmetic dentist who was conducting the procedure.

For instance, it may occur when the dentist misdirects the laser beam to the gums in the course of a laser tooth whitening procedure.

Gum Sensitivity

This is a side effect that is mostly associated with professional teeth whitening procedures and is rarely reported among people who undertake natural teeth whitening treatments.


Health Problems

Some of the chemicals used in some teeth whitening procedures may result in any of some other non-dental health complications.

Bleaching is one such procedure and if the bleaching agent is left on the teeth for too long or too much of it is ingested, the chlorine and chloride compounds contained therein may cause harm to your general health.

Health Problems

There have been no significant health risks so far that have been associated with the teeth whitening procedures that fall under cosmetic dentistry. In general, tooth whitening does not pose any serious health risks, both dental and otherwise.

In fact, it is considered as one of the safest of all the cosmetic dentistry procedures, and this is probably the main reason why more and more people all over the world are opting for the treatment.

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