Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

Many patients want a whiter, brighter smile, and professional strength teeth whitening treatments help them achieve that goal. In the process of choosing from the myriad teeth whitening options, both over-the-counter products as well as treatments administered by a dentist, patients want reassurance that the product they’ve chosen will be safe and effective.
Teeth whitening treatments, both those provided by a dentist and those available over the counter, are eligible for a Seal of Acceptance from the American Dental Association. This can indicate that the product is safe for you to use.
When deciding on how to pursue teeth whitening, it’s important to consider the benefits of professional quality treatments administered in a provider’s office. The bleaching agents used to whiten the teeth are more concentrated in professional strength systems vs. over-the-counter products. This generally means that results from professional teeth whitening are more visible. In fact, your teeth may appear up to 10 shades whiter after the treatment.
Additionally, if you consult with a dentist, you will be screened for some conditions that contraindicate teeth whitening, such as active gum disease or tooth decay, which would need to be treated before you could undergo teeth whitening.
Although teeth whitening is safe, some patients may experience side effects as a result of treatment. The most common side effect of teeth whitening is tooth sensitivity, although not all patients who receive this treatment will experience this symptom. Some patients also complain of gum irritation after having their teeth whitened. One of the advantages of whitening your teeth under the supervision of a professional is that if you do experience any side effects, your provider can give you guidance on how to address those symptoms.
Teeth whitening is safe in the vast majority of patient cases. If you’ve experienced side effects with previous treatment of this type or have a condition that may affect your eligibility for treatment, be sure to bring it to your provider’s attention. Call our office to get more information about this aspect of teeth whitening treatment.

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