As your dental team, our utmost concern is your safety. We would never offer a treatment that could prove harmful to you or your teeth. We thought we would weigh in on the ongoing discussion of whether teeth whitening could damage your enamel, and offer some resources that will help you decide whether or not (and how) you would like to whiten.
Seattle Dentist on Whitening Safety
We'll spoil the intrigue of the safety question by leading with the truth: there is always a way to whiten safely. It's when patients take whitening to the extreme that their enamel could become damaged. But by following the whitening guide and tips we've set out below, you'll be able to brighten your smile without having to deal with negative consequences. The most important tip is to always begin the whitening process by talking to your dentist.
How Different Teeth Whitening Options Affect Your Teeth
While "whitening" is the broad term for any treatment that lightens the color of your smile, there's actually a distinction between teeth whitening and teeth bleaching. Whitening products remove superficial stains to restore the natural color of your enamel. Bleaching is more intense, and changes the color of your enamel. Teeth bleaching products contain peroxides that break up internal and external stains. As you may imagine, bleaching has a stronger effect on your enamel. But it can be tough to distinguish between whitening and bleaching products. For this reason, you should always consult a professional before undertaking a whitening plan.
While there have been rare instances in which bleaching damaged enamel, this is avoidable. If you use an in-office whitening system like our office's KoR Whitening or GLO Science, your gums will be protected from the whitening agent, and your teeth will only be whitened to a safe extent. Bringing a dentist like Dr. Okamura armed with professional whitening systems into your cosmetic plan ensures that you'll whiten the right way.
Common Whitening Concerns - And How to Solve Them
If you approach whitening in the right way, you will be able to brighten your smile - even if you have sensitive teeth or periodontal concerns. Patients with existing dental work should be advised that whitening won't change the shade of crowns, veneers, or bonding. If you have dental work in your smile, it may be a better decision to update the restorations. They'll resist staining and perfectly match the rest of your smile.
Have any questions about whitening safety, or how you should proceed with your cosmetic treatment? Simply get in touch with our office to talk to a member of our team. We look forward to brightening your grin!