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Is Over-The-Counter Teeth Whitening Safe?

Woman with bright white smileWhen patients at our Chatswood NSW clinic ask us about the teeth whitening kits they can purchase in salons and shops, it’s important to remember that these are not regulated. The practitioners performing the whitening procedures do not necessarily have any dental training.

There are a number of potential problems people face when they opt for this type of teeth whitening:

  • Lack of proper infection control
  • Careless application of the whitening agent
  • Bleaching trays that are ill-fitting
  • Irritation and sensitivity to the gums and teeth

Although these may not cause permanent harm to the teeth or gums, many patients will be disappointed in the results.

Professional Teeth Whitening for Better Results

When you visit your dentist for professional teeth whitening, he or she can assess the status of your oral health, take a medical and dental history, and address the underlying causes of discolouration. Bleaching trays will be custom-made from moulds that fit your teeth precisely, meaning more of the whitening agent will come into contact with your teeth. There will also be less irritation to the gums.

Side Effects of Professional Teeth Whitening

Patients report few side effects to professional teeth whitening. If you do experience some sensitivity after the procedure, you can try an over-the-counter pain relieve like paracetamol or ibuprofen to ease your discomfort. Stay away from anything extremely warm or cold in the days following the treatment.

Keeping Your Smile White Following Treatment

Be sure to avoid those habits that might have stained your teeth in the first place, including tobacco products and foods or beverages that have staining tendencies such as tea, berries, and curries. Follow-up with home treatments as needed to keep your smile white and bright. Don’t skip routine exams and cleans; visit your dentist twice each year.

Learn More About Professional Teeth Whitening

We invite you to call our Chatswood, NSW clinic to learn more about the benefits of professional teeth whitening. Contact us to book a consultation.

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