Tooth whitening is quickly gaining in popularity. If you want a brighter smile, it is best to discuss it with your dentist during your next visit.
The dentist’s examination is particularly important if you have a lot of restorations, especially on the front teeth. They may have to be replaced after the whitening, to make sure that all your teeth are the same colour.
There are two types of whitening products:
DIFFERENT TOOTH WHITENING METHODS
- in-office whitening
- at-home whitening using trays
- over-the-counter whitening agents
Current clinical studies indicate that most products are harmless if the instructions for application are followed to the letter and all warnings are obeyed. Before trying them it is best to ask your dentist’s advice.
Undesirable side-effects vary from one patient to another, depending on the individual’s state of health. The most frequent side-effects are tooth sensitivity and possible irritation of soft tissues like gums.
Ask your dentist before you decide.
What you need to know
- Expectant or nursing women should wait until after their pregnancy or nursing period before having their teeth whitened.
- Children under age 12 should not use teeth whitening products.