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Oral Health Topics

Whitening

Key Points

  • Whitening treatments can be effective on both extrinsic and intrinsic staining.
  • Whitening may not be an option for all patients (i.e., children with mixed dentition or individuals with tooth-colored restorations). 
  • Safe and effective whitening options are available for in-office applications, dentist-supplied products for use at-home and over-the-counter whiteners.
  • Temporary tooth sensitivity and gingival inflammation are potential adverse effects associated with whitening.
  • Introduction
  • OTC and Dentist-Supervised At-Home and In-Office Options
  • Potential Adverse Effects
  • Anecdotal Claims
  • References
  • ADA Resources
  • Other Resources
Prepared by: Center for Scientific Information, ADA Science Institute
Topic Updated: September 20, 2017


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