People choose to whiten teeth either to have a more radiant smile or to address the negative effects of illnesses on the color of their teeth. For instance, genetic diseases, like dentinogenesis imperfecta and dentine dysplasia, can produce teeth staining, hence the need for teeth bleaching solutions. Sometimes, the easiest treatment appears to be any of the numerous commercial tooth-whitening products. However, there are many reasons why it’s better to consult first with cosmetic dentists and obtain teeth whitening services and products under their guidance.
To Avoid the Adverse Effects of Bleaching Agents
You need to see a cosmetic dentist first before opting for any teeth-whitening treatment or product because he has the experience in determining the right bleaching agent for your needs. Many bleaching chemicals used in commercial products come in quantities that may affect your teeth negatively and probably result in sensitivity, damage to enamel surfaces, and toxicity. These products may create small defects on the enamel surface or subsurface and increase tooth sensitivity. Uncontrolled use of whitening gels may also cause gingival lesions. Visit a cosmetic dentist who will determine your tolerance for teeth whitening products and provide the appropriate teeth bleaching treatment in safe concentrations.
ADA Seal of Acceptance
Following the noticeable widespread marketing of teeth bleaching products, the American Dental Association (ADA) took necessary actions to protect consumers. The ADA now provides its seal of approval for dentist-dispensed teeth whitening products which contain 10% carbamide peroxide.
While some tooth-whitening toothpastes also have the ADA Seal of Acceptance, it’s still better to use bleaching products or receive teeth whitening from an accredited dentist to get a customized treatment plan. This is particularly important if you already have many fillings and crowns or have extremely dark stains.
Oral Examination Plus Safe and Effective Treatment Plan
A licensed dentist will perform a thorough oral examination and identify the most effective and safest bleaching process for you. At the same time, a cosmetic dentist can provide supervision for teeth whitening agents within a comprehensive and sequenced treatment plan to ensure efficacy. For instance, if you don’t like in-clinic whitening, a cosmetic dentist can offer take-home whitening trays that follow your actual teeth impression in addition to a whitening gel for teeth that’s three or four times whiter after consecutive use. An experienced cosmetic dentist can design the most efficacious treatment for your specific teeth bleaching needs.
Teeth whitening is not a process that should be done alone. As a cosmetic solution to yellow teeth or stained enamel, you must consult first with a dentist. Even better, visit a cosmetic dentist who has experience in different in-clinic and take-home whitening products and who can offer a safe and effective alternative to unregulated teeth-whitening products.
Statement on the Safety and Effectiveness of Tooth Whitening Products, ADA.org
Undesirable and Adverse Effects of Tooth-Whitening Products: A Review, DentalFearCentral.org