Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

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Do you want whiter teeth but are unsure whether teeth whitening is safe? Let us put an end to your fears. Follow these safety tips and you’ll achieve a whiter smile without putting yourself at risk!

Consult your dentist first

Before using teeth whitening products at home, we recommend that you consult with your dentist. It is important to identify and treat any existing problems before you whiten your teeth. This will ensure the efficiency and safety of whitening products. Your dentist may also help you in understanding the amount of whitening that you can expect to see. If your teeth have more of a yellow than grey colour, the whitening effect will be more successful.

Shop Wisely

Most teeth whiteners contain peroxides, which are safe in certain doses. According to the ACCC guide for teeth whitening at home, people should avoid products which contain more than 6 % hydrogen peroxide or 18% carbamide peroxide. If you are uncertain what concentration of peroxide is in the teeth whitening product, do not purchase it. Only purchase products which comply with ACCC standards and which do not exceed these limits.  You can find ingredients for all Bondi Smile products on the individual product pages. 

Follow Instructions

Do not leave the gel on for longer than instructed. Extending the recommended time frame will not whiten your teeth. Instead, it will allow the gel to erode the enamel on your teeth and increase sensitivity. You should avoid acidic beverages for several hours after teeth whitening.

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When not to use teeth whitening products

Women should be cautious of using teeth whitening products during pregnancy. Whilst there are no known dangers, there is not enough data to rule out all possible risks. People with bonded teeth or crowns should also be careful of teeth whiteners. This is because crowns and bondings will not change colour. So when the rest of your teeth begin to whiten, they will remain the same colour, resulting in a very uneven smile! 

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Protect Sensitive Teeth

Teeth whitening can increase the sensitivity of your teeth. This is especially problematic for people with existing dental problems, but if you have good dental health, you will be less likely to experience sensitivity.

Don’t let fear stop you from achieving a whiter smile. These simple steps put safety first, whilst also guaranteeing optimal results! 

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