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If you are interested in whitening your smile with an over-the-counter whitening treatment, then our dentists, Drs. Nourahmadi, Adham, Kim, and Nga, would like to tell you about some side effects involved so you can know everything about the treatments and do your best to care for your teeth and gums. Although some over-the-counter treatments can successfully whiten your smile, the following things can happen:

-Tooth sensitivity: Over-the-counter whitening treatments can cause tooth sensitivity because many people are sensitive to hydrogen peroxide, which is oftentimes the active ingredient in the treatment. The treatment can open the channels in the teeth that lead to the sensitive inner surfaces. The sensitivity will likely only last the duration of the treatment.

-Gum irritations: If you misuse the treatment, like if you keep the whitening solution on the smile for too long, your gums can become irritated. When this happens, they can start to pull away from the teeth and expose the roots. This can also contribute to the tooth sensitivity and it can cause a more unattractive smile. The gum recession doesn’t go away until it’s treated.

Do you have any questions about over-the-counter whitening treatments in Bolingbrook, Franklin Park, Joliet, Naperville, Plainfield, Riverside, and Wheaton, Illinois? Or would you like to schedule an appointment for a professional whitening treatment? If so, call Shining Smiles LLC today at 630-972-4010. Our dental team will be happy to help you. We look forward to your phone call!