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Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

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Everyone seems to want a brighter smile, whether it’s to attract a partner or climb the corporate ladder. And from at-home kits to in-office dental treatments, teeth whitening can offer you a healthier-looking smile that brightens stains, spots and dark enamel–all with minimal effort. 

But, overall, is teeth whitening safe? In short, the answer is yes. But there are some things you need to know about and prepare for.

Teeth Whitening Safety Tips

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In-office and at-home teeth whitening products are relatively safe. However, while side effects are not common, they can occur, especially when the product is not used as intended or proper precautions are not taken. If you want to try out an at-home teeth whitening kit, consider these safety tips to ensure your teeth come out bright and unharmed.  

Schedule a Dentist Appointment First

Before you consider investing in an at-home teeth whitening kit, schedule an appointment with the person who best understands and knows your oral hygiene. Your personal dentist can ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy, addressing cavities and gum disease that may cause sensitivity. Once your teeth and gums are in decent shape, they can give you the thumbs-up approval to continue your at-home teeth whitening journey.

Plus, routine cleaning can provide a plaque-free surface and a brighter base to start with. When you have a professional cleaning, it can make the teeth whitening regimen last much longer. 

Follow the Instructions

Teeth whitening products are perfectly safe to use. But as with any home DIY project, you must follow the instructions. One common mistake users make is to leave the strips, gels or trays in longer than necessary. While you may think you have the patience or time, resulting in whiter teeth faster, this is not advised. Doing so may cause you to experience sore gums, not to mention other unseen or underlying problems. 

As a general rule with any whitening product, you want to protect your teeth as much as possible. Each time after whitening, avoid drinking sugary or acidic drinks, such as sodas, sports beverages, coffee or wine. Otherwise, you may find sore gums as well.

Avoid If Pregnant or Nursing

It’s best to avoid teeth whitening products if you are pregnant or nursing. While research is limited, it’s a safety consideration for the child. Instead, postpone your teeth whitening goals for another time and use more preventative methods for stain-free teeth. 

Avoid If You Have Veneers or Crowns

If you already have veneers or crowns, whether porcelain or composite, it’s essential to understand these will not brighten. Since they do not have a natural tubular enamel surface, they will not react to ingredients similarly. Instead, you will end up lightening the teeth surrounding the veneer or crown, which will result in an unevenly colored smile. You may even need to replace old filling and crowns. 

Protect Sensitive Teeth

Many find typical at-home teeth whitening programs to cause sensitivity around the teeth and gums, usually caused by thin enamel and peritonitis. Again, visiting your doctor and getting your teeth in shape can prevent sensitive areas from flaring up. If it causes too much discomfort, users tend to abandon their teeth whitening program entirely. However, at GO SMILE, we take pride in offering no sensitivity products and can allow you a comfortable solution to meet those goals..

Safe GO SMILE Teeth Whitening Kits and Products

BLU Hands-Free Toothbrush & Whitening Device

BLU Hands-Free Toothbrush & Whitening Device

If you’re worried about any discomfort or irritation, you’ve come to the right place. GO SMILE’s teeth whitening kits offer no sensitivity and will have your chompers looking as healthy and radiant as ever. 

Between your routine dental cleanings and at-home teeth whitening programs, use a teeth whitener to maintain those pearly whites. GO SMILE’s teeth whitening gel offers an easy way to do so by simply adding it to your brush and regular toothpaste. 

Extreme White applicators also offer an easy on-the-go way to maintain your newly white teeth. Simply flip open and snap the applicator, squeezing and applying to each tooth’s surface in a circular motion. Just be sure to avoid sensitive areas around the gums.  

Teeth whitening is perfectly safe, as long as you follow instructions and take proper precautions. Find a comfortable method that works for you!