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If you are ready to whiten your smile with an over-the-counter whitening treatment, our dentist, Dr. Jennifer Ortega, would like to make sure you know everything about the treatment so you know exactly what to expect. Unfortunately, many over-the-counter treatments have side effects that can affect your oral health. It’s best to thoroughly research the treatment before you begin the process. Sometimes, the following side effects can be involved in treatment:

-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, then it can irritate the gums. When the gums are irritated, they can pull away from the base of the teeth and expose the roots. This can also contribute to the tooth sensitivity. It can also create a more unattractive smile. Once the gums have receded, they won’t grow back. The only way to treat gum recession is with certain dental treatments.

Call Jennifer Ortega DMD today at 407-645-3636 if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule an appointment for a professional whitening treatment. Our dental team is happy to help you, even if it’s just by telling you more about over-the-counter whitening in Winter Park, Florida. We look forward to your phone call!