When we meet someone new, one of the first things they see about us is our smile. It comes to no surprise that many people want their smile to be as white as possible, making whitening treatments very desirable. But are they safe?
What We Know
In the dental industry, we know how much work it takes to create and maintain a beautiful smile. Your lifestyle, age, and environment all could have a role in this as well, creating a factory you cannot control. But one thing you can control, with whitening treatments, is the shade of your smile.
About The Treatment
Teeth whitening, also known as bleaching, is a noninvasive dental treatment used to change the color of your tooth enamel. After years of tests and a valuations, the ADA has ruled that the the use of carbamide peroxide, the bleaching agent in most whitening products, is not only effective, but safe as well!
So Is It Safe?
Although the procedure is entirely safe overall, you might have some uncomfortable side effects. Some patients note that they feel quick zings of pain and some sensitivity in their teeth during the procedure, and irritation when the bleach touches their gums. In dental offices, protection is used on your gums to avoid this discomfort, but at-home systems have the potential to irritate your gums, even though the bleach remains harmless.