You should be able to count on a couple things when you want your teeth whitened.
First and foremost, it should be done safely. Second, it should make your teeth whiter.
In a moment, we will give you a recent example of something that did go wrong with one young woman’s teeth whitening experience.
For now, just know that the dental professionals at Atlanta West Dentistry can guide you through the process so you get the results you want while minimizing any side effects.
If you are interested in professional teeth whitening or any kind of cosmetic dentistry, we welcome you to make an appointment at our dentist office if you live in or around Marietta, GA.
We look forward to helping you get the smile that you want to see.
ADA & Teeth Whitening
Finding teeth whitening products isn’t hard. Walk to the nearest grocery or retail store, and stand in the toothpaste aisle. You could close your eyes and grab anything and there is a good chance the packaging will include “whitening” somewhere.
It’s important to understand what whitening means in this context. The American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs has taken note of the rise in “whitening” products, and they have issued a statement about that.
The first things to note is that whitening is used in two different ways for promotional purposes.
One view is that anything that removes surface stains is considered a whitening product. This is why so many toothpaste boxes now promote them as whitening products. These are not going to remove deep-set stains in your teeth.
The other whitening products contain bleaching agents. These are are the ones that are supposed to lighten your teeth by removing stains that have taken years to develop.
More than likely, this second kind of whitening product is what you are looking to find. The question you need to ask yourself is whether you want a commercial or professional product.
Go To Someone You Can Trust
The ADA council noted that tooth sensitivity is a common side effect of teeth whitening. This is usually temporary, although it can cause issues for people with particularly sensitive teeth. While rare, it’s also possible for teeth whitening products to cause damage to your teeth. This is why it is important to use them as directed.
What happened recently to an 18-year-old from Scotland may not be typical, but it does explain why you may want to go to a dentist office if you are considering teeth whitening.
According to Self magazine’s website (please be advised that some images may be considered graphic), Abbie Kilbride visited a woman who was doing teeth whitening out of her house.
She left with swollen lips. By the next morning, the swelling had gotten worse. When she finally visited a dentist, she learned that she had received third-degree burns.
One dentist who was interviewed by Self said he’d seen something similar when a patient tried to use Clorox bleach on her teeth.
Please be aware that what happened to Ms. Kilbride is not typical, even for people who experience some negative side effects. However, this could happen if the whitening product was left on for too long or if it was not applied carefully or if a patient has an allergic reaction.
This is also why it is important for your dentist to know if you have any allergies before this kind of procedure.
The Benefits Of Professional Products And Professional Care
If you come to our office for teeth whitening, we have both in-house and take-home products.
With our in-house treatments, our professionals will monitor the procedure to make sure things are done correctly.
Our take-home products are intended to be used as directed. This is so you can get the whitening results that you want to see and so you don’t overuse them, which can be another cause of problems.
For patients who may not be able to use teeth whitening products or for whom teeth whitening won’t work, we also offer veneers as another way to quickly improve the color of your teeth.
Talk To Us Before You Try Teeth Whitening
Again, we want to reiterate that Ms. Kilbride’s situation was extremely rare. Nevertheless, we hope it will encourage you to talk to someone at our dentist office in Marietta, GA, before you decide how you will have your teeth whitened.