Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

Every adult dreams of having pearly white teeth, but unfortunately, most teeth are yellow or discolored due to food and beverages or habits such as smoking and drinking red wine. To create a white smile, teeth whitening techniques can be used, but many adults wonder if such methods are safe? Research by dental experts has proven that certain dental whitening methods are safe and effective in brightening a smile, helping to restore the appearance as well as self-confidence in a smile.

Using Proven Methods

So, how do you find a technique that works to whiten teeth? Especially with so many products on the market today? To begin, you want to find a clinically proven product, follow the directions and consult with your dentist to ensure you are using a product that not only works but is safe for your teeth. The best way to start with teeth whitening is the dentist. A dentist can provide an in-office treatment that will work to remove stains and whiten the teeth with a bleaching agent.

There are instances when dental bleaching products should not be used to whiten teeth. The following factors contribute to being unable to use whitening products:

  • Presence of gum disease
  • Worn enamel on teeth
  • Cavities
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Presence of tooth-colored crowns, caps or other dental work on front teeth that cannot be bleached

If you are going to use an over the counter product, consult with your dentist first. Your dentist will be able to provide you with insight as to what type of products will work and what should be avoided. With so many products to choose from, including toothpaste, gel kits, and strips, knowing what to try can be intimidating and confusing.

When considering teeth whitening, contact our dental office in Cadot to learn more about processes available. We are happy to assist with providing information as well as services.