The Safety Issue
People who spend a lot of money to get their teeth whitened have a right to expect that this outlay will guarantee them an effective, speedy and above all safe treatment from a dentist who knows what he or she is doing. That this is not always the case is not a reason to turn away from teeth whitening, but it needs to be borne in mind when choosing someone to carry out the work. The importance of safety in any medical procedure is paramount – scare stories about people having certain surgery and getting a bad outcome turn a lot of people off.
However, is the teeth whitening process something to be worried about? Is it reasonable to reject the idea out of hand because you heard that someone had botched surgery and ended up with unsatisfactory results, or needing hospital treatment? The figures suggest not. As time goes on and the methodology is perfected, teeth whitening and other such cosmetic dentistry procedures become safer and safer, to the point where something going wrong is enough to completely kill a clinic’s reputation.
The simple fact is this: If you are concerned by a perceived lack of safety in having your teeth whitened, then you should consider the different options available. There are ways which are entirely safe but not as effective, and in this light the best option seems to be 99% safety with total effectiveness. If you are concerned, have a talk with the dentist before the treatment and get your concerns nailed down.