Are Teeth Whitening Products Safe For Teens?

One common concern for teens and adults is stains around the teeth. Even with perfect oral habits, it is possible to have stained teeth. Stains can be caused by a variety of foods and beverages like coffee, soda, and juices. Often, before major events like weddings or graduations, people will either buy teeth-whitening products or go to a dentist for teeth-whitening procedures. In this article, we will cover the safety of teeth-whitening products, at what age you can start having your teeth whitened, and other common questions about teeth whitening.

Are Teeth Whitening Products Safe?

You may have heard that certain teeth whitening products aren’t safe. The truth is, there is always some risk when having your teeth whitened of damage to your enamel or to your gums. This is especially true if you use the wrong product or the product is used incorrectly. For this reason, many cosmetic dentists recommend that patients get their teeth whitened in-office or that they use special teeth whitening kits that they can take home with them after their dental visit. Dentists trust the products they use and can also make sure that patients are using the products safely. Depending on the over-the-counter product there is sometimes an increased risk of hurting your teeth/gums or using them incorrectly. It is vital that patients whiten their teeth at home follow instructions carefully and don’t use whitening products too frequently.

What Is The Minimum Age For Teeth Whitening?

If done at a dental office, any patient with a full set of adult teeth can get their teeth whitened safely. Usually dentists will only recommend teeth whitening for older teenagers. That said it is common for teens who are uncomfortable with stained or discolored teeth to talk to their dentist about in-office whitening or at-home whitening before prom or graduation ceremonies. Usually towards the end of high school is an ok age to consider teeth whitening.

Should I Go To A Dentist For Teeth Whitening?

Yes, we would always recommend patients regardless of age talk to their dentist about teeth whitening. Even if you are not planning to get your teeth whitened in-office or your dentist doesn’t provide teeth whitening, you should still talk to them about it. They likely can provide their expert opinion on whether or not your child is old enough for teeth whitening as well as recommendations on what products you should use if they don’t provide at-home kits or in-office treatments. 

Cosmetic Dental Services & Teeth Whitening in Lisbon, Maine

If you live in the Lisbon Maine area and are interested in getting your teeth professionally whitened, please give us a call. We would be happy to discuss teeth whitening as well as other cosmetic dental procedures we provide.