Are You A Teeth-Whitening Junky?

Are you addicted to whitening your teeth? You may be wondering if there is really such an addiction. Yes there is. People can obsessively over-bleach their teeth. Take your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest’s, true and false quiz to find out if you are a teeth-whitening junky.

True or False?

  1. T or F: People who are addicted to whitening their teeth are suffering from bleachorexia.
  2. T or F: Bleachorexia is not actually harmful to your teeth.
  3. T or F: Everyone’s teeth respond to bleaching.
  4. T or F: Only enamel stains respond to bleaching.


  1. True: Bleachorexia may sound like a made up word, and it is, but it was coined to describe a person’s obsession with tooth whitening.  Some people are overly concerned with the whiteness of their teeth. They can never be white enough.
  2. False: Excessive bleaching can cause oral irritation, hypersensitivity, enamel erosion, and/or translucent teeth which will never look white because the color of your inner dentin tints them yellow.
  3. False: Not all teeth respond to bleaching. For instance, too much fluoride or certain antibiotics stain the dentin of your teeth which is covered by the enamel, and will not respond to bleaching. Then the only recourse is going with veneers.
  4. True: Stains from foods and beverages or smoking that discolor the enamel respond well to bleaching. Such stains include: tobacco, coffee, tea, red wine, soda, mustard, blueberries, and certain spices, among others.

About Your Lake Forest Dentist:

Aside from providing dependable general and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.

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