Does Teeth Whitening Affect Enamel

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When it comes to teeth whitening methods, dentists are constantly asked one question: “Will teeth whitening harm my enamel?” For everyone on the edge of their seat, there is great news. Fortunately, tooth whitening does not harm or weaken existing tooth enamel.

A common misconception about tooth whitening is that the agents applied to the teeth are used to whiten the enamel. Tooth enamel is one of the strongest forms of tissue in the human body. When your dentist whitens your teeth, she targets the tissue beneath the enamel, known as the dentin, which absorbs stains. As this process occurs, you may experience mild sensitivity to certain foods. The discomfort is not due to weakened enamel, but surface dehydration as the whitening substance transitions from active to inactive. Because of this dehydration, dentists caution patients from drinking or eating any foods that may stain following the procedure. In the following days, your teeth will be just as strong as before, and whiter than ever. To maintain your results, it is important to practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily.

Our Los Angeles tooth whitening expert, who provides patients with gorgeous smiles and long-lasting results, can answer any questions you may have about tooth whitening.