Is Professional Teeth Whitening Safe?

In our previous blog, we discovered that professional teeth whitening is the most effective treatment for staining and discoloration. We touched upon the topic of safety, but you might still be wondering, is professional teeth whitening really safe? It is understandable to have some apprehension toward teeth whitening procedures since strong chemicals and sometimes lights are used to rapidly change the color of your teeth. However, with your dentist’s supervision and guidance, teeth whitening is a very safe procedure. 

At Rafi Dental Group in Tustin, we understand why you may have some questions about the safety of teeth whitening procedures. Our expert dentists and staff offer safe, dentist-approved teeth whitening services that are targeted to treat your specific needs. 

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One of the best ways to understand how teeth whitening works, is to first understand that there are different types of staining that can be treated. The first type is extrinsic staining, which is where the outer layer of enamel is stained by substances such as food, coffee, tea, wine, or smoking. These are the easiest stains to treat, as they are surface-level.

The other types of staining include intrinsic and age-affected staining. Intrinsic tooth staining is a discoloration that starts with the dentin inside of the tooth and can be caused by certain medications, tooth trauma, or medical conditions. This form of staining often causes a darker and yellower appearance than extrinsic staining. Similarly, age-related staining can be caused by both extrinsic and intrinsic staining and time. These types of staining, of course, require a different level of teeth whitening to fully address the staining or discoloration. 


Depending on the health and condition of your teeth, you may experience some side effects from teeth whitening services. Most people who experience any side effects notice some tooth sensitivity and potentially gum irritation. Although these side effects can be irritating, they are temporary and you will notice them go away in a short amount of time. 


One of the best reasons to pursue professional teeth whitening is that it is one of the safest options available. While some at-home products can effectively remove stains, they can also be too abrasive and damage your enamel. With professional teeth whitening, you can rest assured that your teeth whitening procedure is dentist approved, and prioritizes the health of your teeth. 

Professional teeth whitening services are also made safer because your dentist will ensure you are receiving a treatment that your teeth can handle. Some of the factors that your dentist will take into account include the type of discoloration or staining you have, your age, the health of your enamel, any fillings or crowns, and your dental history. With the help of your dentist, you can be sure that your teeth whitening services are safe and meet your individual needs. Additionally, since professional teeth whitening services are the most effective, they also need to be repeated less often than at-home whitening, which is good for the health of your enamel. 


If you have been contemplating having your teeth whitened but were unsure if it was a safe procedure, rest assured that professional teeth whitening services are the safest options available. Our dentists will ensure that you receive a safe and effective teeth whitening service that allows you to beautify your smile and maintain the health of your teeth. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule your first teeth whitening appointment, contact Rafi Dental Group in Tustin today. We look forward to hearing from you!