Many of us wish we had a whiter smile. With the vast array of whitening products available on the supermarket shelves, it would seem easy enough to achieve. From whitening toothpaste to take-home kits and whitening strips, we’re spoilt for choice. But is teeth whitening safe? Let’s take a closer look.
While teeth whitening is an effective treatment for most people, it’s important to seek advice and guidance from your dentist before undergoing any form of teeth whitening.
Is Teeth Whitening Safe for me?
An initial in-chair assessment will uncover any problems such as gum disease, cracked teeth, or tooth decay which all need to be treated prior to exposing your mouth and teeth to any form of teeth whitening gel.
Your dentist will also know your dental history and whether you have sensitive teeth which will enable them to suggest better teeth whitening options.
While over-the-counter whitening products seem appealing, they do have risks. Ill-fitting trays can cause the whitening gel to leak onto the gums or into the mouth. As a result, in extreme cases, they can cause painful burns.
Whitening strips can cause uneven whitening when not in contact with all the teeth and over-usage can even damage tooth enamel.
Furthermore, since store-bought products contain less hydrogen peroxide than treatments provided by a dentist, people are often disappointed with the results.
Professional teeth whitening
Teeth whitening is safe when provided and monitored by a dental professional. Here at Beyond 32 Dental, we use Phillips Zoom in-chair teeth whitening which can whiten teeth instantly in just one session.
Our experienced dentists can assess the right concentration of whitening gel and the correct amount of time to achieve the best results, safely and quickly.
Is teeth whitening safe for you? Well, there’s only one way to find out. Call (02) 9158 6334 or book online today to schedule a teeth whitening consultation.