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2137 E County Rd 540A
Lakeland, FL 33813
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Can Kids Go for Teeth Whitening Procedure?

Posted on 4/10/2023 by Thomas Plunkett DMD
Can Kids Go for Teeth Whitening Procedure?Whiter teeth are now considered a cultural norm. Advertisements for various over-the-counter whitening products, combined with the picture-perfect smiles of their favorite celebrities and other role models, can cause even young children to be concerned about the color of their permanent teeth.

It is not surprising that younger people would want to whiten their teeth. Even though whitening children's and teenagers' teeth are not completely inappropriate, it is advisable to exercise caution. Parents seeking teeth whitening options for their children might consider the following information.

The Recommended Age for Teeth Whitening

Unless there are exceptional circumstances, it is recommended to defer whitening treatments until the age of 14 or 15, when all permanent teeth are in place. This is because the enamel on baby teeth is thinner than that of an adult tooth, sensitivity and discoloration are possible problems.

Sometimes, special circumstances involving a child prompt us to consider whitening before the typical age. A child's skin may become discolored, which can lead to bullying and social anxiety. Drinks like cola can stain some children's teeth, and braces removal can leave a discoloration. If a child's teeth become discolored as a result of an injury or illness, they may feel insecure. Dentists would consult with both the parents and the children in this situation to determine the best course of action.

The Teeth Whitening Process

Hydrogen peroxide is commonly used as a bleaching agent in both professional and over-the-counter whiteners. Professional products aimed at whitening adults' teeth typically contain a higher concentration of peroxide. Professional assistance is available in a dentist's office or at home with a set of molded trays.

When used in over-the-counter gels and strips, hydrogen peroxide is frequently diluted. Consumer-applied treatments typically take longer to produce results than those administered by a dentist. Regardless of the whitening treatment option, seek advice from our dentist before going through with it. Contact us today.

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