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Teeth Whitening - Is It Safe Or Not?

Teeth Whitening - Is It Safe Or Not?
Posted on 04/28/2022

Many patients wonder if teeth whitening is safe, and whether or not there is a threshold to using teeth whitening products or getting teeth whitening procedures done. Can there be dangerous side effects? At MaconSmiles, let Dr. Shah down the facts about teeth whitening, and what you should know about how to brighten your smile safely and effectively.

Side Effects To Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening has been used for decades. While over-the-counter and in-office teeth whitening procedures remain to be safe for use, there can be several minor bad side effects to using teeth whitening products. These includes:

  • Gum Irritation-Active bleach ingredients containing hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide can cause gum irritation. Often, treatments done by your dentist contain higher levels of these bleaching agents. However, your dentist takes extra precautions to protect your gum tissue. With at-home procedures, you may more likely to get your gums irritated. If so, speak with your dentist about the irritation you are feeling.
  • Tooth Sensitivity-Tooth sensitivity is another common side effect of teeth bleaching. To lessen the sensitivity, try using toothpaste that is made for sensitive teeth. You may also want to consider pausing any teeth whitening procedures.

Overall, it’s best to always speak with your dentist before you start any whitening procedure. If you happen to use any at-home whitening kits or pens, it’s always best to stick with the instructions.

Get In-Office Whitening At MaconSmiles!

Looking to get your teeth professionally whitened safely? Contact MaconSmiles today! Our team can provide an in-office whitening procedure safely under supervision. To schedule a consultation! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to our North Macon, GA office. We can’t wait to help you get a whiter and brighter smile!

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