About Your Teeth What can go wrong with tooth whitening? - About Your Teeth

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What can go wrong with tooth whitening?


There are a number of potential and real side effects from tooth whitening. Most are temporary but some may be permanent. Some of the effects include:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Changes in the enamel surface
  • Changes in the properties of tooth filling materials (in particular tooth coloured filling)
  • Damaged and inflamed gums
  • Chemical gum burns
  • Blistering of mouth and gums
  • Uneven coloured teeth
  • Fillings in teeth do not change colour when bleached
  • Disappointing bleaching results
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