Pros and Cons of Tooth Bleaching

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Tooth bleaching is the most common method of clearing stains from teeth. Used in both consumer products and professional procedures, bleaching works well for most stains caused by foods, beverages, tobacco and other factors. Here are the pros and cons of this cosmetic option from our cosmetic dentist in Northridge.

Pros of Tooth Bleaching

A major advantage of bleaching is its range of strengths, which makes it effective for eliminating most types of stains. Whereas low concentrations of peroxides can gradually eliminate mild stains, higher concentrations can work well for heavier discoloration. Properly performed, bleaching also can be gentler on tooth enamel compared to abrasion.

Cons of Tooth Bleaching

One con of bleaching is that it only works on surface stains. When internal discoloration is involved, patients may need to have concealment used instead of bleaching. Furthermore, bleaching may not eliminate some of the heaviest surface stains. Bleaching can also cause teeth sensitivity and gum irritation if it is used improperly, such as if it is left on the teeth for too long.

Bleaching can be very effective for whitening teeth, but it is not always the best approach. By visiting our expert in tooth bleaching in Northridge before ordering the procedure, patients can find out if it will work well for the stains they have.