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11180 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit, MI 48213

Professional Dental Whitening – Are Side Effects Manageable?

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If your teeth are sporting an undesirable shade of yellow, over-the-counter and in-office dental whitening treatments can give your smile new life. A variety of products to treat mild discoloration are available in stores. Some use abrasives and polishing agents, and others contain peroxide formulas to bleach away stains. If you need intense whitening and fast results, your dentist offers professional in-office teeth bleaching/whitening treatments that deliver results in only one visit. Before buying any product or scheduling a procedure, it’s wise to consider safety and potential side effects of at-home and dentist teeth whitening treatments.

At-home teeth whitening products generally have only two side effects associated with them and have a safe track record. The most common side effect is a temporary increase in tooth sensitivity. People who already have sensitive teeth are more likely to find treatments uncomfortable. Sensitivity usually occurs in the early stages of the bleaching process and disappears within one to three days of stopping treatment. The other side effect is mild irritation of the gums and soft tissues of the mouth; this may be related to a poorly fitting mouthpiece or tray. Like sensitivity, it goes away soon after discontinuing treatment. An advantage of choosing a dentist teeth-whitening treatment is the dentist’s ability to supervise the procedure and reduce the risk of side effects, or prevent them entirely by using protective pastes or rubber shields. 



Those teeth bleaching/whitening systems that have received the seal of acceptance by the American Dental Association (ADA) have met its established safety and effectiveness guidelines. However, only professional, dentist teeth whitening treatments have received the seal thus far. The ADA does not endorse at-home dental whitening kits because they believe professional consultation should always be sought before performing whitening procedures. Not all manufacturers seek approval from the ADA, so not having the ADA seal of acceptance does not necessarily mean a product is unsafe.

To learn more, talk to your dentist in East Detroit about your dental whitening options.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in East Detroit, call Gentle Dental at Gratiot Avenue today at (313) 925-3090 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in East Detroit. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental at Gratiot Avenue, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental at Gratiot Avenue.

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