• Are there any risks or side-effects that can happen with home teeth whitening?

    Generally, at home teeth whitening is safe however, like any chemical process, if a whitening treatment isn’t performed correctly, you could risk injury or uneven results.

    If the bleaching agent comes into contact with your gums or other soft tissues in your mouth, there may be a risk of chemical burns. That’s why it’s important to at least consult a dental professional about any whitening product before using it.

    Some people find that their teeth and gums feel irritated and more sensitive and experience a heightened cold sensitivity in the enamel of their teeth for a few days after teeth whitening. Your dentist can advise you on possible complications and side effects and what to expect.

    Generally, it’s best for pregnant women and new mothers to avoid teeth whitening – chemicals from the treatment can enter the placenta and breast milk.

    There are certain types of staining your teeth can get that do not respond to bleaching, for example certain types of antibiotic drugs (like tetracycline) that may have been used during childhood that won’t be whitened.

    At-home whitening kits from Dental Care Professionals contain professional whitening ingredients and trays that are specially formulated for you, unlike those available off-the-shelf from your chemist or local supermarket.

    To get the right independent assessment of how well teeth whitening could work on your own teeth, and any safety precautions you may need to take, visit out Teeth Whitening Treatments page or call us at one of our clinics.

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