Teeth Whitening FAQs

Can teeth whitening make you sick?

Teeth whitening is unlikely to make you unwell, however, ingesting the whitening gel can cause nausea, vomiting irritated skin or headaches. Please take care when using the peroxide gel to avoid swallowing.

Can teeth whitening cause headaches?

If some of the peroxide gel is swallowed during teeth whitening, this can cause a headache. If any sensitivity is caused by the whitening, this can also result in mild headaches. However this is not a common side effect and if a headache persists for more than 48 hours, consult your dentist.

Can whitening teeth cause damage?

Tooth whitening gel does not damage your teeth in any way. You may experience some sensitivity or discomfort after whitening, however, this is temporary and will subside, leaving you with a beautiful smile.

Can teeth whitening damage your gums?

Teeth whitening does not cause any permanent damage to your gums, however, you may experience some temporary sensitivity or discomfort after the procedure. This is caused by the whitening gel and can be compared to a similar sensation to sunburn.

Can teeth whitening cause dry mouth?

Teeth whitening does not cause dry mouth but should be avoided in those patients who suffer from dry mouth as it is not suitable.

Can teeth whitening cause bleeding gums?

In very rare cases, gum irritation from teeth whitening can cause light bleeding but this is very unlikely to happen. Bleeding is often a sign of gum disease. You should discuss this with your dentist before proceeding with the whitening treatment.

Can teeth whitening damage enamel?

No, tooth enamel will not be damaged by tooth whitening, although you may experience temporary sensitivity.

Can teeth whitening cause infection?

Performing a teeth whitening procedure on a healthy mouth will not cause infection, however, if the teeth have cavities, exposed roots, or any other untreated problems then whitening would not be recommended until thises problems have been fixed by a dental professional.

Can teeth whitening cause mouth cancer?

There is no evidence to suggest that there is any link between mouth cancer and teeth whiteners. Published studies suggest that there is nothing harmful about using teeth whitening products except for some mild discomfort after the procedure.

Will teeth whitening work on fillings?

Some fillings may not react to the whitening gel and some may only show a marginal difference depending on what kind of materials the fillings are composed of.

Will teeth whitening work on crowns?

A whitening gel will only work on natural teeth and has no effect on other surfaces such as porcelain, you need to update your crowns if you would like to match your whitened teeth.

Will teeth whitening work on a dead tooth?

Tooth whitening may work on a dead tooth but will not whiten at the same rate as other healthy teeth. Dead teeth are often more fragile and would be best supported by a dental crown. These can be created to match the colour of your teeth.

Will teeth whitening remove stains?

Yes, teeth whitening with teeth whitening gel can help remove stains on teeth. The amount of teeth whitening required will depend on how badly the teeth are stained.

Will teeth whitening work on my composite fillings?

You will need to replace any fillings after the teeth whitening process as fillings do not react in the same way to whitening gel as natural teeth do.

Will teeth whitening damage veneers?

Teeth whitening is only effective on natural teeth so won’t have any effect on veneers. Whitening will cause no damage to past treatment like veneers but will not match.

Does teeth whitening work?

Yes, teeth whitening does work and can alter the shade of your teeth by up to 7 shades! All teeth whitening procedures should be on the advice of your dentist and should never be carried out with unauthorised products and the correct advice.

Does teeth whitening hurt?

No, teeth whitening does not hurt however you may experience some mild discomfort or sensitivity shortly afterwards.

Which teeth whitening system is the best?

At Alma, we only provide teeth whitening gel to take home and finish the procedure yourself. This is one of the safest possible ways to whitening teeth. Other kits are available at a lower price, however, these may not be legal. Always consult your dentist before starting teeth whitening.

Are teeth whitening toothpastes safe?

Yes, teeth whitening kinds of toothpaste are safe and can be used to help maintain your new teeth shade however immediately after the procedure you may choose to use a sensitive toothpaste to avoid any discomfort.

Is teeth whitening safe?

When carried out by a qualified professional, yes, teeth whitening is completely safe. If you have any worries or concerns, speak to your dentist.

Is teeth whitening covered by insurance?

Teeth whitening is not covered by insurance, however, if you have an Alma Dental care plan you will receive discounts on all dental treatment.