When carried out by an experienced and registered dental practitioner who follows the correct due diligence, teeth whitening is a safe procedure. Because the only effective way to brighten your smile is by penetrating the dental enamel, you have to ensure that you only make use of approved whitening products. This post will offer some answers to the question of ‘is teeth whitening safe’ so you know exactly what to look out for.


How Safe Is Teeth Whitening?

Not all whitening products are safe and effective. Over-the-counter products are usually not strong enough to penetrate the tooth enamel and have not undergone enough testing to be considered safe. Whitening toothpaste and at-home whitening kits may contain abrasive ingredients that are harmful to your enamel. Sometimes the whitening strips don’t fit the contours of your smile like take-home whitening trays. 


Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

To answer this question properly, certain criteria need to be met. You need to consider


Are You Consulting A Registered Dental Professional?

procedure is teeth whitening safe bellevue hillOnly registered dental and medical professionals are permitted to administer whitening products containing more than 6% hydrogen peroxide.

This is for your safety as a consumer and to ensure responsible use of professional-grade products.

Using the product too often or for longer than instructed can cause lasting damage to your tooth enamel.


Have You Had A Dental Check-Up?

Each patient who has a whitening treatment needs to be assessed for their suitability. You should not be pregnant and you should be an adult before you can have your teeth whitening. Your dentist should check your mouth for signs of dental decay and gum disease. If you have false teeth or dental crowns, they will not respond to whitening treatments.

Your dentist should also give your teeth a professional clean to remove all traces of plaque and tartar build-up and polish your teeth. This will make sure you have a smooth and even surface to whiten.


Are You Using An Approved Teeth Whitening Product?

With the internet promising a brighter, whiter smile using natural ingredients like a baking spade and lemon juice, and manufacturers making so many promises, it can be confusing to know what works and what doesn’t. The most accurate way to address this is to ask your dentist and only use products from your dentist.

If you do not want to have chairside teeth whitening, you may be given trays to use at home. The trays are customised to fit the contours of your mouth and you will dispense a few drops of bleaching agent into each tooth section and wear them for the recommended period of time.


Does The Product Remineralise Your Teeth?

The best teeth whitening products remineralise as they whiten. They are fortified to protect your teeth so you do not have to worry about long term damage.

It isn’t worth taking any risks when it comes to your dental health. You only get one set of teeth and you need to keep them strong and healthy for life. To find out more about ‘is teeth whitening safe’ please contact us for an appointment: (02) 9158 6309.