Is it safe to whiten my teeth? What treatments are available to make my teeth whiter?
Teeth whitening is safe and numerous studies have been done to prove the safety of teeth whitening. Although there is often sensitivity and some gum tenderness that people notice when whitening their teeth, the effects are transient and will go away on their own with time.
Teeth Whitening Options
There are a few different options for whitening your teeth. Many kinds of toothpaste nowadays advertise that they help to whiten teeth—and they do—but the effect is usually very limited and does not produce a noticeable enough change in teeth colour to satisfy most people. Strips and adhesive whitening products are also available and can be bought over the counter from many stores. These have proved to be effective and some people like to use them. The higher-end products are customized whitening solutions that can be made by your dentist. These products fit in trays customized for your teeth, and different strengths of the whitening product are available. The customized products tend to produce the biggest change in teeth whiteness and the effects tend to last longer. In addition, if your teeth become less white after a few years, you can use the same customized trays to whiten your teeth again. Simply add some whitening gel to the trays and you can begin whitening your teeth right away.