How Safe is Teeth Whitening?

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How Safe is Teeth Whitening?
If you’ve been considering getting a whiter and brighter smile this summer, you may be considering getting your teeth professionally whitened at your local dentist clinic. But, is it safe? Many people have concerns about the safety and repercussions of teeth whitening. Teeth whitening has been around for years, and therefore many of the methods are proven to be safe for most patients. There are still some considerations that need to be made, though, when deciding whether or not to whiten your teeth. We have put together some key information so that you can make an educated decision about your teeth.  

Do I Need Teeth Whitening?

Avoiding staining your teeth is difficult in our modern society. A few typical habits that people have that impede the whiteness of your teeth include:
  • Consuming coffee, tea, or other dark liquid drinks
  • Smoking cigarettes, or other products that contain tobacco and tar
  • Not brushing often or thoroughly
  • Trauma to your teeth or injury
In addition to these factors, staining can also occur from dental fluorosis or taking tetracycline antibiotics when you’re young. Regardless of the cause reason, many people have stained teeth that they wish could be whiter. It is important to remember that as long as you are cavity free and have healthy gums, there is very little medical harm in having stained teeth. The decision is ultimately a personal one on whether or not to get your teeth professionally whitened. Although we cannot tell you the right decision, we can verify that professional whitening methods are safe should you desire a brighter, sparkling smile.  

Options Available

If you’ve decided that you want to get your teeth whitened, you need to next decide if the professional or at-home route is best for you. The main difference between these two options is the amount of bleaching agent that is used. Professional trained dental professionals are able to use a higher concentration of the chemicals or products that are used to whiten teeth compared to the at-home kits available. You can relax in knowing that although the dose may be higher, a professional with experience in completing this cosmetic treatment is in control. There are a large variety of at-home options that consumers are able to choose from. A good rule of thumb is to thoroughly read the directions that come with the box to ensure that you get the best results, safely.  

Other Factors

Typically, teeth whitening is safe. However, certain groups such as pregnant or nursing women should consider waiting or using alternatives. Always consult your doctor if you think there is cause for concern. Teeth whitening agents can also increase your teeth sensitivity. Typically this is manageable through over-the-counter sensitive teeth options carried by most dental brands. If you’re teeth are already sensitive, consider alternatives. If you’re looking to get your teeth whitened in the Newmarket area we invite you to search our Newmarket Dentist Directory to find a dental clinic that can help you. Narrow your search field by specialty to easily see which dental clinics specialize in this area.


* Newmarket Dentist provides general information only. Our aim is to provide the most accurate information possible, but we do not take responsibility for any errors. In order to get the best results it is important to consult with your dentist or health care professional for further information, diagnosis or treatment.