The Dangers of Bleachorexia

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The Dangers of Bleachorexia

A bright smile is always in style. Many people today are trying to get their smile as white as they possibly can. With the convenience of over-the-counter whitening kits, it is easier than ever to do so. Bleachorexia is a word used by many medical and dental professionals to describe a person who is obsessed with having an ultimately white smile. It is simply the obsession for teeth whitening procedures in hopes of whitening teeth more than their natural capacity. Teeth whitening has certain risks like causing sensitivity and irritated gums, but over-bleaching can cause irreversible damages.

Whitening contains peroxide, which can irritate the gums and cause gum recession. If this happens, the teeth can become more brittle and unhealthy. Peroxide also eats away at the tooth enamel and exposes the natural yellow undertone of the teeth. Instead of whitening the teeth, over-bleaching can result in darker-looking teeth.


Different Options for Whitening

  • In-Office Treatment: performed by dentists and can have faster results.
  • Home-Whitening kits: prescribed by dentists to accompany an in-office treatment or can be the option itself.


The commercially manufactured, over-the-counter whitening kits usually don’t have the approval of professional dental associations, so it is better to leave the process to the professionals.

If you think you're becoming Bleachorexic, it would be best to entrust your dental care only to a professional. Sofferdentistry can help you do so with the proper teeth whitening solutions that will leave your teeth not only whiter, but also healthier. Contact us for more information.

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