Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

Many people have asked their dentist this question at least once in their life. So IS teeth whitening safe? The answer is yes. Teeth whitening is not dangerous or harmful to your body in any way. Dental professionals have been working for years to ensure that these manufactured products are both safe and effective.

The main concern for patients is always sensitivity. In the past, in-office teeth whitening procedures used a higher bleach concentration, resulting in more sensitivity. However, bleaching gels today are less intense and don?t create as much sensitivity. Many whitening techniques use carbamide peroxide (which yields hydrogen peroxide) as the active bleaching ingredient. This technique has been well evaluated by scientists over the years and is virtually guaranteed to whiten teeth without side effects.

Destroying dental restorations is another concern many patients have. In-office whitening procedures use a bleach that will not destroy dental restorations such as crowns or implants. There is also no professional concern about whitening silver and white fillings. In fact, teeth whitening procedures may even whiten white fillings as well.

Many over the counter teeth whitening kits have been proven to be safe and effective, but the safest place to have your teeth whitened is at the dentist’s office. Your dentist will conduct an exam before performing or prescribing a teeth whitening treatment in order to make sure there are no broken or decayed teeth. They may also treat them with a high concentration of fluoride several days before, if they are naturally sensitive. Here at Paradise Dental Associates, we offer Sensational Smiles, Zoom, and GLO teeth whitening services for in-office or take-home.

Quick Tip: How To Prevent Teeth Staining

  • Drink dark liquids such as coffee and soda with a straw
  • Don?t use tobacco such as cigarettes or dip (these contain a toxic tar that stains teeth)
  • Brush, floss and use an antibacterial mouthwash twice a day to avoid plaque build up
  • See your dental hygienist twice a year

For more information on teeth whitening procedures, or to schedule an appointment, contact Paradise Dental Associates today!


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