Is Professional Teeth Whitening Safe?

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Most patients can agree that when it comes to their smile, a whiter, more vibrant appearance is ideal. A healthy, bright, and luminous smile can truly enhance your whole appearance. But when it comes to professional whitening, some patients hesitate to receive treatment, wondering if the cosmetic solution is safe and gentle enough for their teeth. The short answer? Teeth whitening from your Atlanta, GA, dentist is completely safe; however, keep reading to find out if you are a good candidate, and discover the potential side effects of this popular cosmetic procedure.

If you’re ready to take your smile from tired and dull to bright and white, Dr. Richard L. Rodgers can help! For over 30 years, Dr. Rodgers has helped patients create smiles they love and can feel proud showing off. If you desire safe, effective, and high-quality dental care in the Atlanta area, come see Dr. Rodgers and the rest of our caring, friendly staff!

The Power Behind Professional Whitening

Professional teeth whitening products at our practice utilize the bleaching agent carbamide peroxide, which yields hydrogen peroxide, and can provide powerful results with teeth shades up to eight shades lighter.

Our whitening products penetrate the outer layers of enamel to reach the “extrinsic” stains (or surface stains caused from eating and drinking) and break apart the molecular bonds which hold them together. The oxygen molecules within the peroxide are released and lighten the appearance of the outer layers of enamel, resulting in a visibly whiter smile.

Our professional bleaching treatment offers much more powerful and faster-acting results than those available in over-the-counter treatments. We also can utilize a special dental light to increase the carbamide peroxide’s effect on the teeth and produce even more immediate results.

Potential Side Effects

Many patients question whether teeth whitening will damage the teeth or make them more vulnerable to injury, decay, or sensitivity. Fortunately, our professional teeth whitening treatment does not alter the surface of the teeth or cause any damage or weakness.

Some patients may experience temporary, mild side effects after teeth whitening; however, these symptoms tend to subside within hours or just a few days after treatment.

The most common side effects are:

  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Sore throat
  • Fleeting sensations of pain in the front teeth

We attempt to minimize these side effects as much as possible by only using trusted whitening products, discussing expectations with patients before treatment, protecting the gums from contact with the bleaching agents, and offering detailed post-procedure care instructions to increase comfort for patients experiencing any of these symptoms. In addition, we can offer fluoride treatments several days before a professional whitening session for patients with more sensitive teeth, in order to prevent additional sensitivity after the whitening procedure.


Teeth whitening is safest when performed in a dental office. Why? Before a whitening procedure begins, Dr. Rodgers will complete a thorough examination to ensure the teeth, gums, and oral health are prepared for a cosmetic procedure. Any restorative work (such as a filling, dental crown, or periodontal care) that may be needed will be completed before any cosmetic procedures begin.

It’s also important to note that whitening does not work well for patients who have deep “intrinsic” stains caused by certain medications, aging, or in some cases, genetics. In addition, patients with restorative work visible in their smile (such as a dental crown or dental bonding), may benefit from porcelain veneers for a more uniform cosmetic result; dental restorations do not respond to whitening agents like natural tooth enamel does, and so you cannot “whiten” a dental crown or filling.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Atlanta, GA

If you are ready for teeth whitening from an Atlanta, GA dentist with years of experience and advanced dental training, contact our office to schedule your consultation with Dr. Richard Rodgers. Our practice is currently accepting new patients, and we look forward to meeting with you soon!

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