I wanted to whiten my teeth but my dentist was pretty pricey. When I went to the mall, there was a new teeth whitening shop. They were a lot lower than my dentist. I was skeptical at first, but the saleslady said they only let certified teeth whitening specialists work on my teeth. That put my mind at ease and I went ahead and did it. But, my gums are in agony and everywhere I have a filling looks really discolored. I feel like my teeth look worse now than before. Did they ruin my teeth? Also, is there anything I can do about my gums?
I’m sorry you’re in so much pain. It sounds like your teeth whitening shop didn’t follow the correct protocols about protecting your gums. When you do one appointment teeth whitening, there is a gel that is supposed to be placed on your gums to protect them during the whitening procedure. The pain you’re experiencing is the equivalent of a sunburn on your gums. I’d take some over-the-counter pain relief to help. I know it won’t do a ton, but it should take the edge off your pain.
You should know there is no such thing as a certified teeth whitening specialist. That is likely some in-house term they’ve developed as a sales tactic to make customers think they’re more skilled than they are. Obviously, their training isn’t that great or they wouldn’t have made so many basic mistakes.
Another error they made is in not informing you that your fillings wouldn’t whiten. No dental work whitens from the teeth whitening gel. Their colors are fairly permanent. Even the whitening gel used professionally by your dentist will have no effect on them. It can only work on natural tooth structure. That doesn’t mean you can’t get your teeth whitened. Generally, those in your situation will get their teeth whitened and then replace their fillings with a composite filling that matches their new brighter teeth.
Dental Options for Improving Your Smile
There are several options for improving a smile. You’ve done in office whitening through a shop. Using a dentist would likely have given you better results, but that’s okay. I’d see your dentist to have your fillings replaced. You may want to have him or her take a look at your gums as well to make sure the damage doesn’t need any special medical attention.
If you want to change more about your smile than just the color, consider porcelain veneers. That’s the go-to procedure for total smile makeovers. They can not only change the color of your teeth, but their shape and size as well.
However, they are much more expensive than teeth whitening so that is something to consider. If you’re trying to cut corners on teeth whitening, you may not want to go with porcelain veneers. It’s definitely not the procedure to look for the cheapest dentist. You’ll want a skilled, artistic dentist.
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