Who Can’t Have Teeth Whitening?
- Pregnant or lactating women
- Individuals under the age of 16
- Individuals with open cavities
- Individuals who wear braces (traditional only)
- Individuals who have poor enamel or decalcification which is caused by excessive use of fluorides
- Individuals who have recently had oral surgery
- Individuals who have periodontal disease including gingivitis or gums that are in poor condition
- Individuals who have a history of allergic reactions to peroxide products
- Individuals who have decaying teeth or exposed roots
For persons 16-18yrs I require written consent from a parent/guardian, and the attendance of a parent/guardian at the appointment.
I appreciate your understanding.
Teeth Whitening Risks
Teeth whitening treatments are considered to be safe when procedures are followed as directed. However, there are certain risks associated with whitening that you should be aware of:
Sensitivity: Although rare with our gentle gel, teeth whitening can cause a temporary increase in sensitivity to temperature, pressure and touch. In extreme cases some individuals may experience spontaneous shooting pains. Individuals at greatest risk for whitening sensitivity are those with gum recession, significant cracks in their teeth or leakage resulting from faulty restorations. If this occurs discontinue immediately – And recommend you make an appointment with your dentist. Whitening sensitivity usually lasts no longer than a day or two, but in some cases may persist a little longer. We recommend toothpaste for sensitive teeth to reduce sensitivity.
Gum Irritation: You may occasionally experience some degree of gum irritation usually from applying the gel onto the gum tissue. Such irritation typically lasts form a few minutes after treatment up to several days. The use of the Vitamin-E swab is very successful in eliminating gum sensitivity.
Technicolour Teeth: Restorations such as bonding, dental crowns or porcelain veneers are not affected by bleach and therefore maintain their default colour while the surrounding teeth are whitened. This results in what is frequently called “technicolour teeth”. If the default colour of these restorations is lighter than the natural teeth, the whitening treatment can still be used.
Should Teeth Whitening Be Done By A Dentist?
I completely understand that you may be concerned that your teeth whitening treatment should only be offered by a dentist. I am here to reassure you that all the polices and procedures I follow adhere to all government laws and regulations. And, all the products I use are Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Australian Dental Association (ADA), and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) compliant.
Also, in most dental practices Teeth Whitening is not completed by the dentist them self. The procedure is completed by a dental assistant who is trained by the vendor. I offer dentist quality teeth whitening for 1/3 of the price that a dental practice does.
As I am not a dentist I do not provide any oral health advice, diagnosis, or perform dental procedures. And, I recommend having a dental health check before having your teeth whitened.