Anthony Bartels, DDS
A Great Dentist

Is teeth whitening safe?

Teeth whitening can be very safe if done correctly. Cosmetic teeth whitening is a booming business expected to be a $3.8 billion global industry by 2021, according to Technavio. To safely and effectively brighten your smile, you must listen to Dr. Bartels and follow his instructions. If done correctly and safely, teeth whitening can give you a beautiful smile that will brighten any room. 

Three Steps to Safe Teeth Whitening 

Step One: Talk to Dr. Bartels. Dr. Bartels will evaluate your dental health and address any issues before prescribing a whitening treatment. 

Step Two: Make sure it has the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Products with the ADA Seal of Acceptance have been studied and approved by the American Dental Association. However, it is preferable to whiten your teeth under the directions of a dentist.

Step Three: Follow the product’s instructions. To avoid the risk of gum irritation and tooth sensitivity, do not overuse or incorrectly use the product. Follow the product’s exact instructions for application, duration, and the intended frequency of use.  

Possible Side Effects 

Though teeth whitening is typically safe, there can be minor side effects such as tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. Gum irritation and teeth sensitivity heal on their own.

Gum Irritation

Whether it’s an in-office procedure or take-home whitening trays, treatments prescribed by dentists often contain higher levels of bleaching agents. These bleaching agents include hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide. 

When you receive teeth whitening treatments at our Jonesboro, AR dental office, Dr. Bartels will apply a protective gel to your gums for additional gum protection. Dr. Bartels will also provide you with customized whitening trays to fit your unique smile and shield your gums from bleaching agents. 

Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is another common side effect of teeth whitening. Tooth sensitivity can occur due to the inflammation of your tooth’s pulp, the concentration of peroxide used, or the intensity of light used. If the sensitivity does not resolve on its own, you can try one or more of the following:

  • Brush your teeth with a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth. 
  • Wear whitening trays for a shorter amount of time. 
  • Use dentist-approved fluoride products to replenish your teeth’s natural minerals. 

If you want to learn more about teeth whitening treatments, please call our Jonesboro, AR dental office at (870) 932-9911. We look forward to helping you brighten your smile!

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