Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

Americans place a lot of importance on our straight while clean smiles. That’s why every toothpaste manufacturer says their product will whiten your teeth. But now there are also lots of over-the-counter tooth whitening products that can make your teeth a gleaming shade of white.

While every toothpaste and mouthwash says they’ll brighten your smile, but there’s nothing like professional teeth whitening to make you look your best. This article looks more closely at professional teeth whitening to determine how safe the process is and how it can help make those pearly whites their whitest.

What Does the ADA Say About Teeth Whitening?

The American Dental Association points out that tooth whitening is a process of chemically removing surface stains on the teeth. They define it as any process that makes the tooth appear whiter, which could be a bleaching action that changes the natural tooth color or a product that just uses a safe chemical action to remove the stain.

Typically, these bleaching products have peroxide to help whiten teeth. Over-the-counter products can vary in intensity, and the ADA suggests that tooth sensitivity and an occasional irritation of the gums can occur with these products. They suggest:

Patients should be cautioned that not enough information is available to support unsupervised long-term and/or repeated use of bleaching products.

In fact, the ADA suggests that there are many options for over-the-counter teeth whitening products. However, “The level and type of active ingredients, the form of the product and how they are applied may vary widely.”

The ADA goes on to suggest that you should consult your dentist about the process of whitening your teeth. Preferred Family Dentistry is standing by to help.

Teeth Whitening Dentist in Las Vegas

It’s very common for our patients to visit with the request that they would like their teeth to be whiter. It’s one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to improve how you look. Our clients typically are dealing with aging, which can make the teeth look greyer. Or, they’ve stained their teeth with coffee or tobacco. Sometimes they’ve come to us for help because they’ve had some sort of trauma to their tooth, and the underlying nerve has died.

For many of these people, tooth whitening is a way for them to regain their clean, healthy smile. We offer professional at-home or in-office whitening professionally overseen by Dr. J. and her expert team.

  • At Home Whitening The first visit consists of an exam and discussion of how white you want your smile to be. Then we take impressions of your teeth. Those impressions are sent away and on your second visit, you will be sent home with custom-built trays and a safe, effective tooth whitening gel. You simply coat the trays in the gel and wear them. Over time the teeth whitening.
  • In-Office Whitening For a faster whitening process, we recommend having an in-house whitening session where we apply the gel and use a UV light to whiten the teeth. The visit consists of a professional cleaning and exam. Then we apply the teeth whitening gel, three times, each for 15 minutes.

For more information on either of these procedures, contact us.