Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Will Bleaching Damage My Teeth?

A bright, white smile is a great asset. It makes you look healthy and improves your confidence. But many people are nervous about getting their teeth whitened, mainly due the fear of putting any sort of chemical in their mouth. While this is an understandable concern, we want our patients to know that dental bleaching is a safe procedure that should NOT damage their teeth.

Here's how it works: When carbamide peroxide (the active whitening agent) comes in contact with water, hydrogen peroxide is released which whitens the teeth. Bleaching does not soften, demineralize or weaken the teeth, as many people presume.

Of course, bleaching may not be a good choice for every patient. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not have their teeth bleached. Patients with active cavities or gum disease also should avoid whitening - at least until the other issues are resolved.

For more information on teeth whitening services in Raleigh, contact us today at 919-782-0548.

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