Parents sometimes are concerned when their child’s permanent teeth seem yellower than their baby teeth were. However, this is perfectly normal! In addition to being smaller, baby teeth are also whiter and brighter. It doesn’t necessarily mean that your child’s permanent teeth are stained or unhealthy. Teens that get their braces removed may sometimes complain of whiter areas where the braces used to be. This is a common issue, as those areas, unlike the rest of the tooth, gained long-term protection from food stains.
If your child's teeth are looking less than pearly white, you might be tempted to whiten them in the same way you do yours: with whitening strips. Before you apply those strips to your child's teeth, you should learn a little more about how they work and the possible side effects. Understanding the risks and what the experts say might encourage you to think twice before letting your child use white strips for teeth-bleaching purposes. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's official position is that because of a lack of research, whitening strips aren't safe for kids and teens under the age of 15. However, it doesn't mean your child has to live with dull-colored teeth. Instead, good hygiene and the right products can help polish those teeth until they gleam with no bleach necessary.
Whitening Recommendations for Young Adolescents
According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), adolescents who seek to have a whiter smile should seek the advice of their dentist. The AGD advises teens to wait to use whitening procedures until at least the age of 14. By this time, the tooth's pulp is fully formed, which means a teen will experience less sensitivity from teeth whitening. At that point, teens should visit their dentist for advice on teeth whitening products. There are several approaches to take to whiten your child’s teeth. The first would be a bleaching process using a custom-made bleaching tray, which only a dentist can fit, or polishing agent such as whitening toothpaste with special polishing agents that provide additional stain removal. It is important to note that without supervision and expertise, these materials can aggravate sensitive teeth and gums, or damage existing dental work, such as fillings and crowns.
In-office Teeth Whitening with Opalescence Whitening Systems
Opalescence gels contain an active whitening ingredient such as carbamide or hydrogen peroxide that penetrates your enamel to get to discolored molecules. Oxygen molecules from the whitening agents react with the discolored molecules in your teeth, breaking the bonds that hold them together. The oxygen molecules spread, whitening the entire tooth. As a result, you are left with a brighter, whiter smile. It is highly recommended that if you choose to use a bleaching product on your child’s teeth, you should do so only after consulting your pediatric dentist. This is especially important for children who have fillings. A thorough oral examination is essential to determine if bleaching is an appropriate course of treatment.
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