Will whitening my teeth damage them?

If you’re concerned that professional whitening treatment will damage your teeth, never fear.  Teeth whitening is one of the safest treatments available at our clinic and Dr Helen herself uses it.  There are two small risks with whitening:

Tooth Sensitivity: Tooth sensitivity can be an uncomfortable side-effect of whitening, but thankfully it’s temporary and does no lasting damage to the teeth. We can also help minimise the risk of tooth sensitivity in patients prone to sensitivity by providing you with a lower-concentration whitening gel that you wear overnight.  We also advise patients with sensitivity to whiten every other day for the duration of treatment rather than every day.  The symptoms are alleviated quickly and whitening is a short-term treatment with long-term results.

Poorly Fitting Whitening Trays: One of the reasons we create custom-fitted whitening trays is because if the gel is applied to the gums, it can irritate  the gums which can be painful and cause significant sensitivity.  If you’re using a store-bought tray or mouthguard, we recommend not using professional-grade whitening gel.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr Helen Voronina

Dr Helen Voronina is the principal dentist at "Dr Helen's Dental & Implant Studio". Having graduated from the University of Melbourne and later from the Brener Implant Institute, in her practice she places emphases on the implant, aesthetic and reconstructive dentistry. She is a member of the Australian Dental Association, The International Congress of Implantology and The Australian Society of Implant Dentistry (ASID). She is a former chairperson for the National Dental Foundation and an official dentist for the Melbourne Hearts Football Club.