Why teeth whitening is safer than you think

Most of us dream of flashing a gorgeous white smile. Unfortunately, not all of us have natural pearly whites. Luckily, teeth whitening procedures offer you a whiter and brighter smile in a short amount of time. 

You may have wondered if teeth whitening procedures are safe. The answer is yes—these treatments are generally safe and well-tolerated by most patients if done correctly. Teeth whitening is, however, not recommended for anyone under the age of 16, or pregnant and lactating women.

Here are some useful tips for whitening your teeth safely:

Get teeth whitening done at a professional dentist

Extensive clinical studies and research show that teeth whitening done under the supervision of a dentist is safe. The ideal way to whiten your teeth is doing it by a dental expert that has experience with the procedure. Dentists know best how the procedure works and can guide you through the whole process from start to finish. They will also offer you plenty of information and make sure your teeth are suitable for treatment beforehand. During the procedure, the dentist applies an appliance that covers and protects the gums around the teeth, making the process even more safer. 

Use At-home teeth whitening kits from the dentist

At-home whitening kits that you receive from the dentist are a better option than over-the-counter treatments. These kits are a very economical and safe way to whiten your teeth, and results are usually after the third day. Most people experience little to no sensitivity. For those who experience sensitivity, desensitizing gels can be used before and after the treatment. 

Do not whiten your teeth too often

While teeth whitening is considered safe, it can start to take its toll on your teeth if you do it too much. At Smith and Van Lierop Dentistry, we will walk you through the process of getting your teeth whitened, and we will make sure you do not get your teeth whitened too often. We will never give you several procedures in a row if the frequency of the procedures is becoming unsafe. For in-office treatment, we recommend twice a year treatments. You can use at-home treatments daily, but for no more than two consecutive weeks.

The bottom line about teeth whitening

Teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to enhance your smile and help you boost your confidence, as long as you have it done under the guidance of a qualified and experienced dental professional.

If you are interested in learning out more about our teeth whitening services, contact Smith and Van Lierop Dentistry