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Is Teeth Whitening for Children Safe?

child with dentist As children’s baby teeth give way to permanent teeth, your child’s smile may not look as bright. Whether these adult teeth are coming in discolored, have been stained by medicine, or have been affected by orthodontic treatments, you may wonder whether teeth whitening is a good option for your child.

In this blog, the pediatric dentists at Park View Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in NYC explain whether children’s teeth whitening is safe.

 

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment used by your dentist to lighten the color of your natural tooth enamel and remove stains and discoloration.

Over-the-counter teeth whitening kits are available, but treatment from a dentist’s office is safer and can achieve more predictable results.

 

What is involved in teeth whitening?

The method used will depend on each patient’s needs and the results you’re trying to achieve.

The following types of teeth-whitening treatments are safe and effective:

  • Opalescence Go - These pre-filled trays are easy and convenient to use, only taking about 15 minutes a day. They’re more powerful and effective than over-the-counter options.
  • Venus White Teeth Whitening Touch Up Brush - This treatment utilizes a reusable pen that’s filled with whitening gel. It can be used throughout the day and is quick, convenient, and portable.

 

Is teeth whitening for children safe?

Your child’s pediatric dentist can help determine whether teeth whitening is appropriate for him or her. If children’s teeth whitening is deemed appropriate, the dentist can monitor your child to make sure the process is safe and effective.

Your child’s pediatric dentist may recommend teeth whitening to address the following issues:

  • Discolored teeth after braces are removed
  • Permanent teeth that are coming in yellow or discolored
  • Teeth that are stained from certain medications
  • Excessive fluoridation while teeth are developing

 

 At what age can children start teeth whitening?

Talk to your child’s pediatric dentist for specific recommendations based on his or her unique circumstances.

In general, the following should apply to consider children’s teeth whitening:

  • Your child has lost all baby teeth
  • All of his or her permanent (adult) teeth are in place
  • Orthodontic treatments are completed

If you’re interested in finding out more about children’s teeth whitening, make an appointment today with Park View Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in NYC. We take pride in providing the highest level of care delivered with a gentle approach to help your child feel comfortable and at ease.

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