Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

Cosmetic Dentist Accepting New Patients in San Antonio, New Braunfels, and Nearby South Texas


Posted: January 15, 2018

Bright, white teeth is a common cosmetic goal for many men and women, but there is also concern over whether teeth whiteningis safe and whether it actually works. In general, as long as you obtain your teeth whitening from a dentist and follow all instructions for use, teeth whitening is a very safe and effective treatment that can lighten your teeth many shades.Teeth whitening is usually safe and effective

Dr. Craig Carlson puts the safety and satisfaction of his patients as his top priority, and as such, he only offers treatments that are proven to be safe and deliver great results. If you are interested in improving your smile, don't hesitate to call Dr. Carlson at 210-494-3511 to schedule your consultation.

Take-Home Whitening Kits vs Over the Counter Whitening Strips

If you want the most effective teeth whitening possible, you should visit your dentist. Over the counter teeth whitening strips have become very popular in recent years, but they are limited in how much they can actually whiten your teeth. If you're okay with a very subtle whitening effect, these strips may work for you, but if you really want gleaming, dazzling teeth, you'll be better off with a dentist-recommended kit.

Here at 5 Star Dental Group, we create custom trays for each of our teeth whitening patients that they can use for the rest of their lives. These custom trays are highly effective, because you can ensure that your teeth are evenly covered and that your gums won't be damaged.

We offer Philips Zoom NiteWhite to use with our custom trays. Benefits of this whitening kit include:

  • Whiten your teeth while you sleep
  • Less risk of burning your gums
  • Less risk of tooth sensitivity
  • Takes only a few weeks for noticeable results
  • If you notice your teeth darkening again over time, you can reuse your custom tray with a new whitening kit to restore your previous shade

Many intensive in-office and at-home teeth whitening treatments can cause severe tooth sensitivity. Philips Zoom NiteWhite works a little more slowly, but reduces your risk of painful tooth sensitivity.

If your teeth are more sensitive than most, we can prescribe or recommend anti-sensitivity products that can help you with potential discomfort arising from your whitening treatment.

Does Charcoal Teeth Whitening Work?

A recent trend among proponents of "natural" products is teeth whitening using charcoal. While you may find that your teeth become somewhat whiter after using an activated charcoal product, there have been no scientific studies to show that this method is either safe or effective.

Charcoal is abrasive, so it is possible that using it as a teeth whitener can wear down your enamel. If this happens, your teeth can become yellow and sensitive due to exposed dentin. In addition, if you choose to use a charcoal toothpaste, it is likely that you won't get the necessary amount of fluoride to help prevent cavities.

Until activated charcoal teeth whitening has been studied more, we recommend sticking to proven methods of teeth whitening in order to keep your teeth both healthy and white.

Schedule Your Teeth Whitening Consultation

If you are interested in brighter, whiter teeth, call Dr. Carlson today at 210-494-3511 to schedule your consultation. We serve patients in and around San Antonio and New Braunfels, Texas.