How Safe is Tooth Whitening?

woman2Tooth whitening is one of the most popular services we provide to our dental patients here at Smile Envy in Grove City, OH.

If you have questions about whitening, Colgate-Palmolive Company offers this helpful information: Over a decade of research has proven bleaching and other whitening methods to be both safe and effective. Several products in the market today have shown no adverse effects on teeth or gums in substantial clinical and laboratory testing. Be sure to look for clinically proven products, follow directions and consult with your dental professional.

In the past, the higher bleach concentrations used in-office treatment resulted in more sensitivity. Today, however, bleaching gels are well buffered.

If you do experience sensitivity, there are several ways you can help eliminate it:

  • If using a tray applicator, wear the tray for a shorter period
  • Brush with a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth that contains potassium nitrate to help soothe tooth nerve ending
  • Stop whitening your teeth for several days to allow you teeth to adapt to the whitening process. Within 24 hours, the sensitivity will cease. The longer you whiten your teeth, the less sensitivity you will experience

In a few cases, your dentist may discourage dental bleaching:

  • If you have gum disease, teeth with worn enamel, cavities or particularly sensitive teeth
  • If you’re pregnant or breast-feeding
  • If you have tooth-colored crowns, caps or other dental work in your front teeth, which can’t be bleached

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There are several over-the-counter whitening products available, but only a dentist can provide professional strength and assist with choosing the option best for you. Call today, 614.801.0079, to schedule. Our friendly dental team is waiting to meet you. We have convenient office hours, offering both evening and early appointments to fit in to your busy life. We are conveniently located just 10 minutes from downtown Columbus, OH in nearby Grove City. As a general dentist office, we stand by our commitment to provide you and your loved ones exceptional patient care.