Americans spend billions of dollars per year on teeth whitening. It’s a huge industry in which many people are involved, and a good portion of people who undergo teeth whitening do so with over-the-counter at home whitening solutions.
However, the question often raised is how safe teeth whitening is. There are many stories of people who have suffered adverse effects from teeth whitening. However, the reality of the matter is that those side effect are incredibly rare.
Pregnant women and nursing mothers shouldn’t undergo whitening, but aside from that most people are candidates for the whitening process.
Let’s take a look at the whitening process and the minimal risks it poses.
Teeth whitening is accomplished by using gels containing peroxide. These gels dispel discoloration on your teeth, including the yellowing of enamel and any stains from coffee, tea, or tobacco usage.
Over-the-counter whitening uses gels, but they’re not as strong as the gel we have available here at Smiles Dental. It’s entirely possible that your gums, teeth, or the rest of your mouth will react poorly to the peroxide in whitening gels. If that’s the case, veneers may be your best bet for a tooth whitening option.
In the end, whitening is a very safe procedure that you should consider if you’re interested in restoring your smile to its pearly-white greatness. If you have questions about the whitening process or its safety, don’t hesitate to call us at 253.358.2265 to schedule a consultation appointment.