Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
Many New York dentists offer teeth whitening options, as either in-office professional treatments or as an at-home teeth whitening kit. You can even find some over-the-counter teeth whitening options with the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. This seal indicates that a product meets ADA guidelines for safety and effectiveness.
Do teeth whiteners damage tooth enamel?
Studies of teeth whitening products using 10% carbamide peroxide showed no effect on the hardness or mineral content of a tooth’s enamel surface.
How does Teeth Whitening Work?
Whitening treatments can be effective on both surface level and deep staining. Carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide are commonly used in whitening treatments and can readily seep into dental hard tissues.
At-home whitening options are also an attractive option to patients because they are easy to use and may be cheaper than professional treatments. However, if your teeth or gums are sensitive, custom-made trays that you get at your dentist’s office may help you avoid irritation.
Professional teeth whitening treatments typically show faster results than those of over-the-counter treatments. In-office treatments are perfect for those patients looking for a quick, dramatic change in shade. Additionally, your dentist will oversee the whole treatment and make sure your gums don’t get irritated in the process!
Looking for ways to brighten your smile? When it comes to tooth-whitening,
You’ve got two options: in-office based teeth whitening, or at-home care.
Both tooth-whitening options use peroxide-based bleaching agents. At-home systems contain from 3% to 20% peroxide (carbamide or hydrogen peroxides). In-office systems contain from anywhere between 15% to 43% peroxide.
At dntl bar, we offer two in-office whitening treatments- Zoom whitening treatment and the Express Whitening treatment. The Zoom whitening has the potential to whiten on average up to 8 shades lighter and includes take home trays for touch-ups. The Express Whitening can result, on average, up to 3-5 shades lighter.
Our Express Whitening treatment is great for people with tooth sensitivity because the whitening agent has less contact time to the teeth. It is also a lower concentration of whitening gel than a traditional Zoom Whitening treatment.
How long does teeth whitening last?
Teeth whitening results and longevity vary by the individual, their habits, their oral hygiene, and regular in-office maintenance. Touching up with at home bleaching can help revitalize the whiteness. Directions of use for at home bleaching are different depending on the product, so be sure to read the directions thoroughly!
Following a professional Zoom whitening, it’s recommended to use the at-home bleaching trays provided for 7-10 days. If sensitivity starts to occur, stop whitening for 1-2 days and then resume after sensitivity diminishes.
It’s quite difficult to put a timeline on how long they will be white or predict how white they will get. It’s completely individual based.
To reduce sensitivity you can ask your dentist for a fluoride gel, or topical tooth crème such as M.I Paste to use before and after your teeth whitening treatment!
Take these steps to keep teeth sparkling so you won’t have to use teeth bleaching products so often.
- Brush thoroughly twice a day (and floss!)
- Limit stain offenders like coffee, tea, and red wine*
- Go for regular dental cleanings to remove plaque and surface stains.
*If you are drinking one of these drinks remember to swish with water, or brush your teeth after indulging!
Am I a good candidate for teeth whitening?
Professional whitening treatments can be safe and effective for both surface level and deep stains. According to the ADA, some people do experience side effects, such as inflammation of the gums and temporary tooth sensitivity, which affect anywhere from 8 percent to 41 percent of people. All forms of teeth whitening can cause temporary sensitivity, which will go away on its own after a few days or weeks.
While professional whitening has a high patient satisfaction rate and is one of the best methods for whitening teeth without damaging enamel, it isn’t the right option for everyone. You may not be a good candidate if:
- You are pregnant or nursing
- You have sensitive gums or teeth
- You are allergic to peroxide
- You have worn enamel, cavities, exposed roots or gum disease
- You have crowns, fillings, or other types of dental restorations — these restorations are made from porcelain or resin and will not whiten, so they will not match your other whitened teeth
- You have white spot decalcifications — these spots will become whiter and more evident after a whitening treatment
- You have gray-appearing stains — they will not respond as well to bleaching agents as yellowish or even brownish stained teeth”
To learn more about dntl bar’s teeth whitening options, click here.