Should my Teen use Teeth Whiteners?
Everybody wants a shiny white smile — and this can be especially true during the teenage years when kids are particularly conscious of their appearance. However, many parents wonder whether teeth whitening is appropriate for young people — and if so, how early is too early for teen teeth whitening. Here’s what you need to know.
Is Teeth Whitening Safe For Teens?
In most cases, teeth whitening is safe for teens who are hoping to whiten and brighten their smile. However, there are a few important things to note when it comes to safety during teen teeth whitening.
- Professional Products: First, make sure that you only allow your teen to use professional teeth whitening products prescribed by your pediatric dentist.
- Approval by the ADA: Speak with your dentist to make sure that the teeth whitening product being considered for your teen is approved by the American Dental Association.
- Following Directions: It’s also important to make sure that your teen is committed to using the teeth whitening products (in the case of take-home teeth whitening products) exactly according to the dentist’s specifications.
- The Dentist’s Guidance: Most teens who want teeth whitening are responsible and mature enough to have it, but every case is unique so it’s important to speak with your dentist to make sure that they think your teenager is ready.
When is Your Teen Old Enough — And When is it Just Too Early?
The right age for teeth whitening really depends on your dentist and on your teen. Many dentists recommend that teeth whitening is done no earlier than age 14-16.
Many younger teens and pre-teens don’t have all of their permanent teeth yet. It’s not uncommon for younger teens to still have a few of their baby teeth before age 13-14. It’s best not to undergo teeth whitening until the adult teeth are fully present since baby teeth can be more vulnerable than adult ones.
If your child already has all of their adult teeth but they’re only 13 years old — and they really want teeth whitening — talk to a dentist. Dental offices usually consider teeth whitening on an individual basis.
What is the Safest Whitening Product For Teens?
Every teen is unique, so this can vary. Many dentists strongly recommend the in-office laser teeth whitening systems for teenagers who want a brighter smile. These systems allow for quick and easy whitening that’s also proven to be safe.
During in-office whitening, your teen’s eyes and gums are fully protected from the laser light to ensure safety. After the whitening, there will be an immediate difference — no messy or complicated follow-up to deal with at home. Many teens love in-office whitening just for how easy it is!
Considering teeth whitening for your teenager? It might just be a great choice that gives your teen a whole new level of confidence. Contact the office anytime and we’ll schedule a consultation for you and your teen to learn more. (770) 292-9441
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