Is Teeth Whitening Safe

teeth whiteningThe Woodlands and Houston, TX

Walk into any big box department store, pharmacy or grocery store and you are likely to find a wide variety of products promising whiter, brighter teeth. There are many teeth whitening products available over-the-counter, but using these kits carries some significant disadvantages.

First, at-home teeth whitening treatments are rather well known for causing increased sensitivity in teeth. These over-the-counter products also can cause inflammation in your gums, especially if the one-size-fits-all whitening tray does not fit snugly over your teeth.

If improperly used, an over-the-counter teeth whitening kit also can damage the healthy enamel on your teeth. When this enamel becomes damaged, it increases your risk of cavities.

Professional teeth whitening carries much less risk to the patient. These treatments are performed by a dentist with the education and training to tailor any treatment to the specific needs of every patient. Your oral health will be evaluated before doing any professional cosmetic procedure, and a trained cosmetic dentist will be able to monitor your progress during the treatment and minimize the chance of increased sensitivity.

A professional teeth whitening treatment also yields better results than over-the-counter kits. Your teeth will stay whiter and brighter for a longer period.

Everyone wants to have a bright and beautiful smile, and a professional teeth whitening treatment will provide you with the results you desire. If you do choose to use an at-home teeth whitening kit, make sure to consult the American Dental Association website or ask your dentist first.

At Scott Young, DDS, we offer a variety of cosmetic dental treatments, including teeth whitening procedures. Call our office at (281) 367-5559 to schedule a consultation and learn more about our teeth whitening treatments.

Scott Young, DDS is proud to provide total oral health care to patients in the areas of The Woodlands and Houston, TX.