Is it Safe to Go for Teeth Whitening?

There can be times when you wouldn’t be very happy about your smile. It could be because of yellowish color that your teeth are developing, or maybe you just want to have a better smile in an important upcoming event. American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry conducted a survey by asking a question to several people; “What would you like to improve most about your smile?

Most of the people said that they just wanted to brighter and whiter teeth.

Having a brighter and whiter smile is what most of the people would want. But they normally hesitate to go for a teeth whitening procedure due to uncertainty at some extent. Many people are concerned about the safety of teeth whitening processes. Furthermore, there are multiple teeth whitening procedures. And this availability of several options leads people to wonder what could be the better teeth whitening option.

Is it safe to go for teeth whitening?

American Dental Association terms it safe to go for the teeth whitening. However, association also recommends patients to discuss teeth whitening options with their dentists. “The ADA recommends that if you choose to use a bleaching product, you should only do so after consultation with a dentist. This is especially important for patients with many fillings, crowns, and extremely dark stains. A thorough oral examination, performed by a licensed dentist, is essential to determine if bleaching is an appropriate course of treatment.

The teeth whitening options that you can take into consideration are as under.

  • In-office professional whitening: This whitening option is the most effective and efficient because it can help you get the results in a single dental visit. The entire process is conducted by professional dentists.
  • Take-home trays and bleaching solutions: If you want the procedure to be a bit gradual, you can ask the dentist for take-home option. This option mainly involves attachment of custom-fitted trays which protect gums from getting affected by bleaching in order to lessen the chances of sensitivity.
  • Over the counter whitening option: Over-the-counter whitening option mainly involves the use of products that whiten the teeth. These products mainly include gels, whitening toothpastes and whitening strips. Although, these products are usually safe for general consumption, knowing the dentist’s opinion is highly recommended.

The questions that you can ask from your dentist before whitening

Why are my teeth discolored?

The most common causes for teeth discoloring are coffee consumption, smoking and ageing. Tooth decay can also be a major reason for the teeth discoloring. In that case, the teeth whitening would first require the root tissues to be corrected.

The effect of whitening process to the dental work

Generally, whitening of teeth doesn’t affect the fillings and remade crowns. As a matter of fact, if you choose to whiten the area around fillings, you may have a mismatched smile, which could be even worse to look at.

What can be the best teeth whitening option?

It entirely depends upon your specific requirement; so you need to ask your dentist about the appropriate option.


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