Safety With Teeth Whitening Products
Before you decide to opt for a teeth whitening procedure
you must be aware that only a few bleaching products meet
ADA guidelines for safety and effectiveness.
This is because only a few product manufacturers seek the
ADA's Seal of Acceptance. This is a voluntary program that
requires a lot of expense and time so most manufacturers of
teeth whitening products may choose to skip the procedure
However, you must realize that a teeth whitening product
without the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance might also be safe to
You can be assured, however, that products that do carry
the seal are certified to be safe.
Teeth whitening products that are dispensed through
dentist’s offices are usually ADA compliant. Several
whitening toothpastes that are freely available
over-the-counter ADA compliant but other over-the-counter
teeth whitening products are not certified by the ADA.
To differentiate between the two types, check online
websites and ask your local chemist for advice.
Teeth whitening kits are not considered to be drugs and
therefore they are not monitored by the ADA. Consider the
following factors when selecting a teeth whitening kit.
– Select a teeth whitening kit that allows you to mold the
mouthpiece somewhat. These are more comfortable than others
– Ask the opinion of others who have already tried the
teeth whitening kit you are planning to buy
– If you see that the color of your gums starts changing or
if you detect an increase in teeth sensitivity, stop using
the kit immediately. Then, consult a professional dentist.