Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
Is teeth whitening safe?
Many people want to make their smile a bit brighter and reduce the look of stains on their teeth. But oftentimes, you may question whether or not it is safe to whiten your teeth. Well, good news! The American Dental Association considers teeth whitening safe. But now that you know that its important to find the right type of whitening for you and your teeth.
What causes stains on the teeth?
There are many factors that can lead to your teeth becoming discolored and stained. Many of these factors are habits that you may do on a daily basis. Here are a few of the common daily habits that can stain teeth:
- Drinking coffee, tea, or other dark liquids that can leave stains
- Smoking cigarettes or using other tobacco products that contain tar
- Not brushing your teeth often enough, or not brushing thoroughly enough when you do
- Tooth trauma or injury
- Replacement of teeth/matching colors with veneers
I want my teeth whitened. What do I do next?
Once you have decided to whiten your teeth it is now time to decide whether you want to do it from home or professionally by your dentist. Each method has its own benefits and drawbacks.
If you decide to go the at-home whitening route, there are several different products on the market to choose from. Each has its own requirements for how often you should apply whitener and how long it should stay on your teeth. While it is more convenient to be able to do the whitening process at home, professionally trained dentists are able to use higher concentrations of peroxide for whitening treatments.
Professional treatments done by your dentist are not as convenient, however, they come with the expertise of a trained professional so you can rest easy knowing that the treatment is being administered properly. Whichever method you opt to use, it is important to consult your dentist if you are uncertain about whether something in your dental or medical history would be affected by teeth whitening.