Over the past 15 years, studies have proven that tooth whitening is not only safe, but also effective. Whether you choose home whitening or professional whitening which I perform here in my office, you can be assured that tooth whitening will not harm either your gums or your teeth. And if you do choose home whitening, I will make sure you understand exactly how to do it, so you won’t have any problems.
The reason some people have been concerned about the safety of tooth whitening is that decades ago, some tooth whitening treatments contained extremely high levels of bleach. This increased teeth sensitivity and even caused burns in the mouth.
Today’s professional whitening gel comes in several strengths, so you can choose a weaker one if you have extra-sensitive teeth. During an in-office whitening treatment, you can ask for a pause if your teeth start feeling too uncomfortable. A de-sensitizing agent can be applied. Take-home whitening kits contain de-sensitizing gel too.
Although some people may experience some sensitivity to hot or cold right after treatment, it normally stops within a couple of days, and you can use the de-sensitizing gel which will come in your take-home follow-up kit.