Teeth whitening is a very popular service. There are a variety of ways to whiten teeth, and many adults are excited to try them. Teeth can be stained for many different reasons including staining caused by soda, coffee, and other drinks. And there are many reasons people have their teeth whitened, including special events. As a pediatric dentist, some parents have asked us in the past whether or not it is healthy to whiten teeth, especially for teens and kids. Sometimes teenagers will want their teeth whitened for a special event like a graduation, prom, or a family event like a wedding. In this article we will discuss the options related to teeth whitening and whether or not they are safe choices for teens and children.
By far the safest product to use for both adults and kids are toothpaste designed for whitening teeth. These kinds of toothpaste work by using small amounts of abrasive material to better break down and remove teeth stains. A whitening toothpaste product will not change the actual color of the tooth. Instead, it will safely scrub the teeth and chemically remove some stains. Whitening toothpaste can cause tooth sensitivity to cold or warm foods and beverages, and if used incorrectly it can damage tooth enamel. Generally, whitening toothpaste is safe for kids, but we still recommend talking to your dentist about different options.
Dental bleaching is a type of cosmetic dentistry. Dental bleaching uses hydrogen peroxide or other harsh chemicals to whiten teeth. There are products sold over the counter that allows adults to bleach their teeth at home, however, we recommend that if you are ever considering bleaching, you go to a licensed professional. Unlike whitening toothpaste, dental bleaching procedures use harmful compounds that can have negative effects on your teeth. That is why it is important to seek out a professional cosmetic dentist instead of using storebought products.
Children should not use dental bleaching. Dental bleaching can damage enamel. Enamel does not grow back which is why it is important for adults and kids to protect their enamel. Kids are especially at risk since their teeth are still developing. It is recommended that children do not use dental bleach products until all of their adult teeth have been present for multiple years. This will likely happen when they are in late high school or early college. Regardless, teens should still be careful with dental bleaching and should always consult a professional in the field.
The team at All Star Dental can answer your other questions about what is safe for your child’s oral health Our team can be reached through our online contact form or at our offices to help you and your children improve your dental habits and health.