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Is it Safe For Teenagers to Have a Teeth Whitening Treatment?

If your teen’s teeth are looking less than pearly white, then it may be tempting to consider over-the-counter teeth whitening products. However, before you do this, here are a few things you should know. 

Over the past few years, there has been an increasing demand for over-the-counter teeth bleaching products or in-office teeth whitening treatments for teenagers, and with this, a rising concern among parents regarding the safety of such procedures. 

Some of the most common teeth whitening products available include: 

  • Over the counter bleaching strips/gels 
  • Tooth whitening toothpaste
  • In-office teeth whitening treatments 

While in-office teeth whitening treatments can be used safely on teenagers, you must always discuss your options beforehand with your dentist to ensure that any potential risks, such as tooth sensitivity, are avoided. 

Customized Teeth Whitening Procedures at Our Calgary Dental Clinic 

At Dr. Korol Dental Clinic, we understand the importance of a bright and beautiful smile, especially for young children and teenagers. Our team of holistic dentists provides a wide range of comprehensive dental services, including dental exams, Invisalign, and emergency dental care, to ensure the long-term oral health and total well-being of your entire family. 

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Is Teeth Whitening Safe For My Teenager? 

Stained teeth is a common concern amongst patients of all ages and can be due to a number of factors such as eating colorful foods, tobacco use, high intake of coffee, tea and cola drinks, as well as the use of certain medications. If your teenager is feeling self-conscious about a dull and stained smile, then it may be time to talk to your dentist about teeth whitening. 

What is the Right Age For Teeth Whitening? 

Most dentists will advise that teenagers wait until the age of 15 before using any teeth whitening or bleaching products. No teeth whitening product should be used before the tooth pulp is fully formed and all of your child’s permanent teeth have completely erupted. 

When used on children, the strong chemicals used in teeth whitening agents can result in: 

  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Dentin demineralization 
  • Damaged gum tissue 
  • Variations in tooth color 
  • Injured nerves or tooth pulp 
  • Enamel pitting 

Always Talk to Your Dentist First 

If you are considering whitening your teen’s teeth, you must always talk to a dentist before undergoing any cosmetic dental treatment. Such a professional can best advise whether the procedure is safe for your child, ensuring the long-term health of their gums and teeth. 



Alternatives to Teeth Whitening Treatments 

If your child is worried about their teeth becoming discolored or stained, there are some surprisingly easy ways to ensure their smile stays healthy, beautiful, and white. This includes: 

  • Making sure they brush their teeth at least twice a day (for at least two minutes each session) 
  • Avoiding foods and drinks that are known to stain smiles such as colas, tea, coffee, berries, and pasta sauce. 
  • Visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a check up and dental cleaning. 

The team of holistic dentists at our Calgary dental clinic is committed to your teen’s oral health and we can help him/her achieve a smile that is not only strong and healthy but also one that makes them feel confident and happy in their appearance.

If you have any concerns about your teen’s smile, our team has the experience and expertise to work together with you to resolve them. 


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