Pain During Teeth Whitening

I went to see my dentist so I could get my teeth whitened. He knows I have bonding done on one of my teeth. He said I was a good candidate. Everything was going fine until today. I keep feeling this horrible zing on the tooth. It’s painful enough where it makes me jump a bit. It’s on the tooth with the bonding. I’m wondering if the bonding is being weakened by the whitening gel.


Dear Casey,

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Can Teeth Whitening Cause Pain?

I’m glad you’re doing this under the supervision of a dentist. Too many people try to skirt the dentist to save money. Then, issues like this turn-up and they’ve got nowhere to turn for help.

The teeth whitening gel will not weaken your bonding. When bonding gets old and needs to be replaced a portion of it may just come off. If your bonding has been there for a while, it’s possible part of the coating has fallen off.

Tooth bonding is usually done on a chipped tooth, which means trauma and exposed parts of the tooth. This is a simple fix. Go see your dentist and let him know what’s going on. He can determine the exact source of the pain and put something there to coat the sensitive area so you can whiten your teeth without pain.

Just be certain not to whiten any further until you see your dentist. You don’t want to nail down what is going on.

Dental Work and Teeth Whitening

Whenever you have dental work, such as dental bonding, porcelain crowns, or even white fillings, the natural tooth will whiten. While the whitening gel will not damage your crowns and such, it won’t whiten it either.

The best course of action is to whiten your teeth, then when you’ve reached the level you want, re-do the bonding or white filling, to match your new color. Of course, this is only useful on work visible when you smile. If it’s on a back tooth, I wouldn’t bother with the expense, unless it will bother you.

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Cosmetic Dental Disaster! Can it be Fixed?

I’ve had a cosmetic dentistry disaster. I asked my dentist about finding a cosmetic dentist so I could get a makeover. He said there isn’t a cosmetic dentistry specialty and they’re just general dentists who do cosmetic work. I didn’t realize that, so when he offered to do my smile makeover I figured I was safe. I think that was a huge mistake. My smile seems bulky and opaque. It’s very obvious they’re fake. They don’t look at all beautiful. Can this be fixed? If so, how?


Dear Ingrid,

Beautiful brunette woman with gorgeous smile
Getting a Gorgeous Smile Requires Finding the Best Cosmetic Dentist in Your Area

I’m very sorry this happened to you. While your dentist is technically right about there not being a cosmetic dentistry specialty, that doesn’t mean any general dentist can give you a gorgeous smile. Think about it in terms are art. Yes, many people graduate from art school, but aren’t some artists better than others? That’s what you’re facing.

You said the smile makeover you received is opaque and bulky. Is there any chance your dentist gave you Lumineers? That would explain both of those issues. There are many different brands of porcelain veneers, but Lumineers are often marketed to inexperienced cosmetic dentists as being easy to place. All that’s required for being certified in them is to watch a simple seminar. That’s it. Nothing which determines if they can do a good job or not.

Also, the Lumineers brand insists dentists use their lab, which isn’t thought to be that great among the cosmetic dentists who really know what they’re doing.

Finding the Best Dentist for a Smile Makeover

When you want a gorgeous smile, you need to find the best cosmetic dentist you can. But, as you’ve learned, it can be tricky. How can a patient know who is an artist and who isn’t? Fortunately, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) realized this was going to be a problem for patients. Because of that they began an accreditation program so patients would have a way of gauging the artistic and technical skill of dentists.

If a cosmetic dentist wants to be accredited they have to pass both an oral and written exam that clearly demonstrates they have advanced technical knowledge about the procedures, color theory, etc. In addition to that, there is a long list of cases where they have to submit photos of work they’ve actually done to demonstrate they’re not just knowledgeable but artistic.

An AACD accredited dentist can give you a gorgeous smile. In fact, most of them have a beautiful smile guarantee.

Can Your Smile Be Fixed?

The short answer is yes. But…. You were waiting for that “but” weren’t you? In order to get it fixed you’ll have to completely start over. I’d start by getting a refund from your current dentist. If he knows how unhappy you are with his results, he shouldn’t mind refunding the money. Though, he may not refund the lab fees, because he had to eat those.

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