Teeth Whitening: How Safe Is It Really?

BY Hook Webmaster  |  September 28th, 2023
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Having a set of nice pearly whites can really instill a sense of confidence in yourself. However, everything from your morning cup of Joe to your evening glass of wine seems as if it exists just to stain your teeth and take away that confidence.

Since no one really wants to give up life’s simple pleasures, they turn to teeth whitening products and procedures to combat the issue. Of course, while millions of people turn to teeth whitening, a common question still lingers: Is teeth whitening safe?

Below we’ll address the side effects of teeth whitening and cover the various methods you can use to safely get the job done. 

How Does Teeth Whitening Work? 🦷close up to woman having teeth whitening procedure

Put simply, your teeth have special molecules that reflect light. These molecules are what give your teeth their bright appearance when you smile. The more complex these molecules are — meaning the more carbon atoms they contain — the more light they’ll reflect. 

While it may seem counterintuitive, the more light that’s reflected from your teeth, the more they’ll appear to be stained and discolored. 

Most teeth whitening applications involve active ingredients (also referred to as bleaching agents) such as hydrogen peroxide and its cousin carbamide peroxide. Both of these ingredients work by breaking down the complex molecules so you can achieve a brighter, whiter smile.

Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

So, is teeth whitening safe? When done by a dental professional or by using a product that’s approved by the American Dental Association (ADA), teeth whitening is considered both safe and effective. Of course, teeth whitening does still come with potential side effects.

Those side effects include the following:

What Are the Safest Teeth Whitening Treatments?

using special teeth whitening toothpaste

There are a variety of teeth whitening products on the market today. You may feel more comfortable having a dental professional carrying out the whitening treatment (and helping you decide which is the best option for you) or you may want to try an at-home treatment.

Either way, these are your safest options:

Who Shouldn’t Whiten Their Teeth?

There isn’t a whole lot of safety data regarding tooth whitening products for certain populations. Generally speaking, children under the age of 16 shouldn’t use teeth whitening products without consulting their dentist first. The same goes for women who are pregnant and breastfeeding, as well as people with:

Regardless of the teeth whitening method you choose, you can rest assured that it’ll be perfectly safe. However, you will want to be careful not to get any of the product on your gums and discontinue use if you feel any abnormal sensitivity. 

Visit a Trusted Dentist

Of course, it’s always a good idea to consult your dentist if you want to whiten your teeth. That’s where Wayzata Dental comes in. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with a dental professional to determine which course of whitening treatments is right for you. 

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