For those who can't go to the specialist to whiten their teeth, drugstore shelves teem with over-the-counter solutions. 

But in that pursuit of that perfect smile, there may be such a thing as "too white," says Dr. Nancy Rosen, a New York-based cosmetic dentist. The drive to achieve the perfect shade of white can become an unhealthy obsession. 

Rosen calls these people "bleachorexics" or whitening junkies. "They look for that whiteness that I don't think they'll ever achieve," she said. 

Rosen says excessive bleaching can damage the structure of tooth enamel -- so instead of pearly whites, you can end up with teeth that look very translucent at the edges and almost bluish in color. "This is a permanent change, unfortunately," she said. 

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334 hits 4.0 (1 vote) Share Favorite | Flag 13 years ago by KikiPeepers

Are you, or is anyone you know, a tooth bleachorexic?
For those who can't go to the specialist to whiten their teeth, drugstore shelves teem with over-the-counter solutions.

But in that pursuit of that perfect smile, there may be such a thing as "too white," says Dr. Nancy Rosen, a New York-based cosmetic dentist. The drive to achieve the perfect shade of white can become an unhealthy obsession.

Rosen calls these people "bleachorexics" or whitening junkies. "They look for that whiteness that I don't think they'll ever achieve," she said.

Rosen says excessive bleaching can damage the structure of tooth enamel -- so instead of pearly whites, you can end up with teeth that look very translucent at the edges and almost bluish in color. "This is a permanent change, unfortunately," she said.

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13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 9/4/08 - 7:39:52 AM EST (GMT-5)
That's so shallow and well fed.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 9/4/08 - 11:27:08 AM EST (GMT-5)
Nope. Nor I or anybody I know does that.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 9/4/08 - 11:28:55 AM EST (GMT-5)
yeah. like crazy white
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 9/4/08 - 11:46:55 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, I think I'm lucky to have naturally white, and straight, teeth.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 9/5/08 - 7:49:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah, I know some people who have teeth that are actually blinding. Especially compared to their tanorexic skin.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 9/5/08 - 9:39:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm not. My teeth are just naturally this white (not blinding white, though)
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 9/7/08 - 9:03:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
I have this one friend who has a huge teeth fetish. She's obsessed with perfect white teeth, for herself and anyone she dates.



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