Safety when Whitening Your Teeth
Today, a white, gleaming smile is considered to be an essential part of a person’s appearance. Many people worry about the safety of their chosen method of teeth whitening, however. Most in-office and over-the-counter methods of teeth whitening are considered to be safe and effective.
The most effective methods for teeth whitening are in-office whitening procedures. The FDA has approved these powerful methods of teeth whitening for professional use by trained dentists. Some of these methods can whiten the teeth by as many as eight shades in just one 45 minute session. There are many teeth whitening methods, but almost all of them rely on a potent peroxide gel to penetrate the tooth enamel and lift stains. Some of these methods can increase tooth sensitivity, so it is important to speak with Dr. Eftekhari, cosmetic dentist in Culver City, if you have sensitive teeth before you choose a whitening method.
If you prefer to whiten your teeth at home, there are many options for over-the-counter teeth whitening procedures, including strips and gels. Like professional dental whitening treatments, these methods use a peroxide gel, but in a lower concentration that is safe to use at home. Like professional whitening services, these methods can increase sensitivity.
Finally, some patients choose to use natural methods for whitening the teeth, such as by using baking soda or the whites of orange peels. These methods are unlikely to have any significant side effects, but they can damage the tooth enamel if they are used too often.
Call Dr. Eftekhari, expert in teeth whitening in Culver City, for a consultation for teeth whitening. Dr. Eftekhari will examine your teeth and recommend a teeth whitening option that is right for your needs.