Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
Even if you plan to use an over-the-counter product, we recommend you ask us whether teeth whitening is safe for you. Many healthy patients can enjoy the benefits of a more confident bright white smile with teeth whitening.
We do not recommend teeth whitening for patients with severe recession or exposed roots, active periodontal disease or those with active decay or faulty restorations. We do not recommend whitening for pregnant patients. For young patients we recommend they wait till they are over 16 years old to whiten. Those with allergies to peroxide should speak with our team as this treatment may not be suitable for them.
During your visit, we check your teeth and gums to ensure you are a good candidate for teeth whitening. Next, we take impressions of your teeth so we can create custom-fit trays for the whitening product. You’ll take the trays for at-home treatments.
Teeth whitening isn’t permanent, so how long the treatment lasts depends upon your exposure to causes that stain teeth. Whitening could fade in as little as a month, but patients who avoid stain-causing risks may be able to wait a year or more between treatments.