Bleaching Advantages And Disadvantages

Advantages and Disadvantages of Tooth Whitening


It is a common desire for everyone to have whiter teeth for that dazzling smile. And there are some people who will go to lengths to have their teeth whiter. The main goal of course is for the enhancement of the overall physical appearance. Whiter teeth are usually associated with beauty and health. That is why it is a must to have teeth of the same bright whiteness.

For most people their confidence is usually backed up by dazzling smiles, they tend to be more confident, which usually present a more youthful appearance.

People who are in the business industry find it a necessity to have their teeth as white and as brightly dazzling as possible.

Teeth whitening is one of the most common solutions for people with unevenly colored teeth or those with discolored or stained teeth. This procedure is less expensive than having tooth veneer or tooth bonding. It is also the easiest and the most comfortable procedure. There is no need for any artificial materials to be placed over a stained tooth; no attachments whatsoever.


Teeth whitening can be done in as little as half an hour in your dentist clinic. You can choose for a laser teeth whitening or you can have the traditional bleaching procedure. You can even take the bleaching kit home for your maintenance procedures. Refill kits can be purchased from your dentist’s clinic or you can also buy them over the counter. Be sure though that your dentist have given you the right instructions on how to use the bleaching kit. If you forgot something or unsure of what to do, do not proceed and call your dentist at once. Bleaching solutions are made of harsh chemicals that can further damage your teeth if not used properly.

Advantage of Tooth Whitening


Of course the main benefit that tooth whitening can offer is set of whiter teeth. It is best for whitening yellowish, brownish and stained teeth. For highly stained teeth, it may require more than one procedure at your dentist’s office. But for minor cases, one sitting is all that is required and then you can do the maintenance at home.

Tooth whitening is recommended for people who are 16 years old and above. If you have a child with stained teeth, wait till he or she turned 16 before you take him for whitening procedure.Tooth whitening is great for eliminating that dull smile that you have been carrying for many years. After the procedure, you can have the best dazzling smile that will boost up your confidence.


Though effective, tooth whitening may offer some short-time disadvantages. In some cases, though very rare, sore tooth or gums may occur due to the excessive used of hydrogen peroxide and carbamide. This side effect can be eliminated by simply discontinuing the use of the bleaching substance.

Most times this side effect can be prevented with sensitivity test that your dentist will conduct prior to the bleaching procedure. If you are found to be highly sensitive to chemicals, then your dentist will not recommend tooth whitening procedure for you.

Another disadvantage of tooth whitening is when a patient uses too much of the chemicals when the procedure is done at home. There is always the possibility of abuse of the use of the bleaching solutions.