Who Should Not Whiten Their Teeth? 3 Groups Of People Who Should Not Use Teeth Whitening.

Teeth whitening is a very safe procedure when done correctly and done by people who are eligible to do so. There are a few groups of people we do not recommend using our products.

If You Are Pregnant or Breast Feeding

Whilst there isn’t any particular evidence to say that teeth whitening whilst you are pregnant or breastfeeding is harmful, it’s a grey area. As teeth whitening is just becoming popular and is a cosmetic procedure, not so much a necessity, there has been no studies to identify potential risks. For this reason, we, along with other dentists and teeth whitening brands as a rule of thumb say no to whitening during these periods. After all, better safe than sorry!

If you have significant dental work

Teeth whitening works by cleaning gel seeping into pores to deeply clean them from stains and discolourations. Dental restorations are built to be strong and durable. They don’t have pores like our teeth do which means bleaching will not work the same for our natural teeth as it will for the dental work. Therefore choosing to whiten if you have visible dental work will result in your teeth looking uneven. This is definitely not the desired look of anyone!

If you are under the age of 12

Children under the age of 12 shouldn’t whiten their teeth as children's teeth have yet to fully develop. This means they have a much lower mineral content compared to adults. This leaves them at greater risk of permanent damage. This includes issues such as demineralisation. This can affect the development of the teeth leaving them at a higher risk of other issues in the long term.

Despite saying you should not whitening under the age of 12, we also do not recommend using teeth whitening if you are under the age of 18 without the supervision of an adult. It’s important that you whiten safely and responsibly. With adult supervision, it can be assured that there are no complications or reasons to discontinue the whitening process.

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