Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

Yes, teeth whitening is very safe, when performed in a controlled manner. For decades, dentists have studied the effects of teeth whitening on teeth, and we have come to the conclusion that teeth whitening is safe for teeth and gums.

How Teeth Whitening Affects Your Teeth

Teeth whitening typically uses carbamide peroxide, which breaks down into hydrogen peroxide in the mouth. This peroxide attacks the organic molecules that are staining your teeth. It can also penetrate into the pulp, the living material in the middle of your tooth, which can result in sensitivity to temperature changes. This sensitivity occurs for as much as 2/3 of people, and it can last for a few days after a whitening procedure. Some people may also experience irritation of the gums if the whitening compound touches them.

Some studies have observed that whitening can potentially erode tooth enamel. The effect hasn’t been observed in all studies, so if it does exist, it is likely very minor, probably less than that seen from drinking a serving of soda. It also seems that your teeth are capable of quickly remineralizing your enamel, so if you balance your whitening with proper oral hygiene and care of your teeth, you can prevent any noticeable damage to your teeth.

Safe Teeth Whitening

If you want to whiten your teeth safely and effectively, the best way is to work with a dentist. Your dentist knows how to optimize the effectiveness of whiteners safely. Professional whiteners also contain compounds that can help protect your teeth from sensitivity.

If you do use at-home teeth whiteners, only use them according to the directions.

Never use multiple whitening systems at the same time. It’s especially important to tell your dentist if you’re also using an over-the-counter whitener.

If you are looking for safe, effective teeth whitening in Denver, please contact Ascent Dental today.