Gentle Dental of Westland
825 S Wayne Road, Westland, MI 48186

Choosing a Teeth Whitening System – Safety and Side Effects

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Smiles are supposed to help you make great first impressions, but yellow teeth can sabotage your efforts. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with tooth discoloration related to age or lifestyle habits. One way to brighten your smile is to invest in either over-the-counter or dentist teeth whitening treatments. A variety of peroxide-based formulas are available for your consideration such as whitening gels, strips or trays, or light-enhanced professional systems that produce fast and dramatic results. Before you decide on a dental whitening treatment, talk to your dentist in Westland, and be sure you understand your risk of side effects associated with teeth bleaching/whitening.

At-Home and Dentist Teeth Whitening Systems: Side Effects

Home dental whitening products have a safe track record, and generally only two side effects are associated with them. The most common side effect is a temporary increase in tooth sensitivity. People who already have sensitive teeth are more likely to find treatments uncomfortable. Sensitivity usually occurs in the early stages of the bleaching process and disappears within one to three days of stopping treatment. The other side effect is mild irritation of the gums and soft tissues of the mouth; this may be related to a poorly fitting mouthpiece or tray. Like sensitivity, it goes away soon after discontinuing treatment. An advantage of choosing a dentist teeth-whitening treatment is the dentist’s ability to supervise the procedure and reduce the risk of side effects, or prevent them entirely by using protective pastes or rubber shields.

Dental Whitening Products: Safety



Teeth bleaching/whitening systems that have received the seal of acceptance by the American Dental Association (ADA) have met established safety and effectiveness guidelines. Only professional, dentist-applied whitening treatments have received the seal so far. The ADA does not endorse home dental whitening kits because they believe professional consultation should always be sought before performing whitening procedures. Not all manufacturers seek approval from the ADA, so not having the ADA seal of acceptance does not necessarily mean a product is unsafe.

To learn more, talk to your dentist in Westland about your dental whitening options.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Westland, call Gentle Dental of Westland today at (734) 329-5284 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Westland. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Westland, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Westland.

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I really have a fear of dentist offices. Here tho i felt comfortable and relaxed. Can honestly say I’m looking forward to coming back.
De'Juan W.
Friendly staff, they did their best to make me feel comfortable.
Saundra B.
Great customer service! Super friendly and I was seen in a timely fashion. I would pay out of pocket if I ever had to just to come back! :)
Brittany R.
Gentle Dental is the perfect name for this office. Thank you Frances Ashley Marilyn Ronnie and the rest of the staff that take their time with their patients. Loving and warm environment.
David M.
April is the best hygienist I’ve ever had. She’s the best. My teeth feel great. Thank you April
Cheryl R.
My hygienist Marilyn is very personal. She made me feel comfortable. She was very thorough in explaining my treatment plan. You can tell that she really enjoys her job. I would definitely recommend […]
Keseanda R.
Friendly and Gentle. Dr. Carpenter and his assistant, as well as the office staff, were all absolutely wonderful!
Rhonda H.
I had a really good experience with this place. Staff was very helpful and Lindsey was very informative and helpful with explaining my plan to me. I would definitely recommend this place
Maria K.
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Curtis P.
My daughter and I experienced a good time at gentle dental. The staff members were nice, caring and concerned. It’s a clean, cozy, and welcoming environment. I appreciate all their staff […]
Michele B.
Tammy made me feel more comfortable she’s beautiful
KEIAUHN M.
I like how they treat my son
David O.
Very nice staff and I love my dentures.
Kim M.
We were called on time of our appt…also we didn’t have to wait we were out of the office in a timely fashion
Tristen S.
I took my nephew to the dentist for the first Time​ and he was terrified. He started to cry before she even touched him. This young. Women was remarkable she talked to him and explained everything […]
Brian M.
I love how April takes her time to understand each patient needs to make everyone comfortable, my daughter has special needs and April was very patient with her. I bring all 3 of my daughters to her. […]
Londyn A.
Service was excellent , seen in a timely manner and staff were so professional and nice… would definitely recommend to others.
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The employees are all professional and polite. I had started to get my teeth fixed with a fear of the dentist, my visits to gentle Dental have defeated that fear and has even created an interest in […]
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