Thanks to the advances of modern dentistry, patients who have been wondering ‘is teeth whitening safe?’ can make their smiles brighter and whiter safely, with the help of Tooth Crusader. We use Philips Zoom teeth whitening treatments because it provides rapid whitening results up to eight shades lighter, and it is safe to use.
While it may be tempting to try out at-home or over-the-counter products, you can ensure a safe whitening treatment under my supervision. Let’s take a look at some of the risk factors and how they can be avoided.
Whitening is Safe for People Over the Age of 18
The only things that rule you out typically from having a teeth whitening session under my care, is if you are under 18 years of age, pregnant or breastfeeding.
It is essential that you have a dental exam and teeth cleaning before any whitening treatment. This is to ensure that you do not have any cavities or decay, or cracks in your enamel so that these can be addressed before you have any cosmetic treatment.
The second reason is to remove any traces of plaque or tartar from the surface of your teeth, which will enable a smooth and even whitening result.
Managing Risk To Your Soft Tissue
The active ingredient in teeth whitening gel is hydrogen carbamide or hydrogen peroxide. These are strong bleaching agents intended for use on your teeth so it’s important that they do not come into contact with your soft tissues. I will cover your gums with a liquid dam to ensure the gel does not come into contact with your gums.
Philips Zoom teeth bleaching gel is fortified with Relief ACP, to protect your tooth enamel and soft tissue during the whitening process.
Managing Tooth Sensitivity
Sensitivity post treatment is a common side-effect, but this can be managed and only lasts for minutes to hours. GC Tooth Mousse or 3M Clinpro Tooth Creme are great products that help with sensitivity.
Using a reputable brand like Philips Zoom or Opalescence teeth whitening treatment also makes a difference, because these products have been formulated to protect against tooth sensitivity.
If you do decide to do an at-home treatment it is important that you do not exceed the recommended exposure time, as this can lead to heightened sensitivity.
Some patients do report that their teeth feel a little more sensitive after whitening, particularly if they were prone to sensitivity before the treatment. Typically this sensitivity only lasts for a short time.
How Safe is Teeth Whitening?
Since 2013, teeth whitening standards in Australia have been regulated. For your protection, teeth whitening products that contain more than 6% hydrogen peroxide may only be administered by a dentist.
The standards also legislate that these products can only be distributed and administered by dentists who are experienced and trained in teeth whitening treatments. This was done to promote a safer and more professional environment for teeth whitening treatments to take place in. Tooth Crusader is proud to be a Philips Zoom Official Partner in Sydney, so I offer my patients a safe teeth whitening procedure that produces results.
The Framework That Protects You as a Patient
This framework is also important because it encourages patients to work hand in hand with their dental practitioners for the best results. The reason that the framework was created because there were potentially unsafe products on the market that were being sold directly to consumers who had little to no knowledge of how to use them safely.
So, Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
When performed under the guidance of a dentist, and after a professional evaluation, teeth whitening is safe. You would need to be careful about how often you do teeth whitening, and maintaining your white smile safely is something you would speak directly to a dentist about.
Still wondering ‘is teeth whitening safe’? It’s always best to speak to a professional. Please contact Tooth Crusader, and one of our friendly staff members will chat to you about your teeth whitening options: (02) 8097 1838