You can overdo anything in life if you try hard enough!
But on a serious note: The whitening agent in the majority of teeth whitening products is enamel safe and merely oxidizes stains to the surface thereby removing them.
Many people experience transient sensitivity while whitening their teeth. This is almost always passive and disappears a couple days after finishing the product or discontinuing use. If you find your teeth are too sensitive while using a whitening product stop using it everyday and try every other day. Or every two days.
Using a toothpaste like Sensodyne for two weeks previous to whitening your teeth can help reduce sensitivity.
About white gums: This happens when the whitening agent actually makes contact with the gingiva or soft tissues (gums).
It necroses (kills) the overlying layer of tissue causing it to turn white and eventually slough off. Having this happen a couple times is not a big deal as it will grown back but if it is repeatedly damaged you run the risk of losing important soft tissue and causing recession of the gums which then can lead to a multitude of other problems.
Although each individual will have their own threshold when it comes to sensitivity I would not recommend whitening your teeth all the time. Two or maybe three times a year would be more than enough. At a certain point you are just not going to get any whiter. Two weeks of a professional take home kit made by your dentist is about as white as you can get them naturally. Then use whitestrips every 4 months or so after that to maintain your desired whitening level.
Determining what was causing the majority of staining in the first place will allow you to assess how long your teeth will remain white. Wine, soda, dark meat, smoking, etc...all these things will stain your teeth over time. Anything that will stain a white t-shirt will eventually stain your teeth as well.
I whiten my teeth usually twice a year using over the counter crest white strips (3d Professional effects have worked best for me and my patients love them as well when I recommend them as a adjunctive agent to our in office zoom whitening).
The most important thing is make sure your teeth AND GUMS are in excellent condition before starting any whitening system. Whitening can advance gingivitis and periodontitis (gum disease) if these problems are not addressed first!
Hope that answers any questions!
I agree that you can overwhiten. I have not whitened my teeth for a while but I did when I was in a wedding. I wanted them to be super white. I whitened and whitened. My teeth were very sensitive to the product (not this one) and so were my gums.
Didn't realize that was something dentists were doing...I thought teeth had to be adult teeth to put braces on them. I remember hearing that at some point before but maybe the rules have changed. The braces on the baby teeth didn't affect the permanent teeth from coming in??!?!
The braces were only on the teeth that were permanent.
That's what my dentist told me and it made sense. One can wear at 7 years also all by their means but may be wasting their money ...
I think this might be wasting money too. Can't see why a 7 year old would need braces...aren't all those teeth going to fall out? I could see filling them if you have cavities, but not getting braces on them.
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