Do some people suffer from 'bleachorexia'?

By August 8, 2011 January 2nd, 2020 No Comments

Teeth whitening has become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures, but some people may be overstepping the line in their quest for the perfect smile. According to recent news reports, the public’s obsession with pearly whites has led to excessive teeth whitening — a condition some call “bleachorexia.” Bleachorexia is not a dental term, nor is it a new problem, said Matthew Messina, DDS, a spokesperson for the ADA. It refers to people who whiten their teeth more than recommended and risk damaging their teeth in the process.

According to Kellee Stanton, DDS, spokesperson for the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the term means overuse of bleaching and whitening agents and refers to people with an unrealistic idea of how white teeth should be. “Anytime you do anything in excess, you lose track of reality,” she said. “With some patients, their teeth will be as white as possible, as white as the whitest dental ceramic materials or as the purest white found in nature, but they will still feel their teeth are yellow.”…read more

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