Many adults come into our office for their regular dental cleanings and decide to ask us about getting teeth whitening treatments done with our Pearland cosmetic dentists. Often times, we also get teenaged patients asking if they can do teeth whitening, as well, just like their parents. It’s great that they ask our family dentist for advice first because, although there are whitening products they can buy over the counter, those kits are not what's best for our patients. Effective whitening depends greatly on professional-grade equipment and custom-tailored treatment plans like the ones we offer at our office.
What is the Youngest Age Someone Can Whiten Their Teeth?
Our Pearland family dentists highly recommend that no one younger than age 13 undergo teeth whitening treatment. Although teeth whitening is perfectly safe, we prefer it when our patients wait until all of their permanent teeth have finished emerging because, as kids lose their baby teeth and larger adult teeth emerge, their corresponding nerves also grow and become larger. This greatly reduces the chances of experiencing any sensitivity when it comes time for treatment.
If You’re Over 13, Can You Use Over-The-Counter Teeth Whitening Products?
While we certainly can’t tell you what you can do, we are here to offer expert advice on what you should do.
As family dentists, we cannot in good faith recommend that teenagers and adults use over-the-counter products because they are ineffective and may do more harm than good. Teenagers should come to our cosmetic dentists because we offer whitening trays customized to them, which ensures they get a proper fit. We also make sure to discuss how sensitive their teeth are and how white they want their teeth to be, as well as the proper routine to follow in order to get the desired results.
At Kirby Smiles, we give our patients a professional-grade whitening gel that they apply directly to the teeth and releases oxygen ions. These ions make their way into the teeth and remove any deep stains, resulting in a smile that is up to 8 times whiter. OTC whitening treatments merely polish the tooth’s surface.
Teeth Whitening For Teenagers and Adults at our Family Dentist Office in Pearland, TX
If you find that your teenager would love to have a whiter smile without risking long-term discomfort and sensitivity, then please request an appointment with our cosmetic dentist so we can help them achieve brighter teeth without the adverse effects.