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Can Teenagers Get Their Teeth Whitened at Our Houston Cosmetic Dentist Office?

When our Houston dentist performs dental cleanings on teenagers and their parents, our teenaged patients sometimes ask us about whether they can start teeth whitening treatments with our Houston cosmetic dentist, just like their parents do. In short, yes, it is perfectly safe for teenagers to get their teeth whitened, but they need to be mindful.

When Can Teens Start Whitening Their Teeth?

13 years old is the youngest you can get your teeth whitened, but we recommend waiting a little bit longer, preferably until all the permanent adult teeth have fully emerged and settled, and after dental braces treatment is completed. Why wait until the adult teeth have fully settled? Well, adult teeth are larger and have larger nerves, and larger nerves help reduce sensitivity.

Our Houston Cosmetic Dentists Warn Against Over-The-Counter Whitening Treatment

Low-Quality Results

Store-bought treatments are seen as an affordable alternative to in-office teeth whitening, but the lower price reflects the lower quality of your results.

For one, the trays and strips you can find in-store may not fit properly. Sure, this may result in a white smile, but an uneven one. They can even aggravate sensitive teeth and gums, while also risking damage to prior dental work, such as composite (tooth-colored) fillings.

Waste of Money

If you spent money on an over-the-counter teeth whitening treatment and didn’t like the results, repurchasing and trying again may end up being a waste of money again. 

If you were fortunate enough to try these treatments and liked how white your teeth turned out, these results will only last a few weeks, which means you will likely have to keep burning money in order to maintain your teeth. In the long run, professional in-office teeth whitening completed by a trained Houston cosmetic dentist will be cheaper and more effective.

Teeth Whitening for Teenagers at Our Victory Smiles Cosmetic Dentist Office 

When your teenager comes to our Houston cosmetic dentist for teeth whitening, they will get a completely customized treatment that takes into account any current sensitivity, past dental work, and desired results. As a plus, they will typically see desired results within a single visit, and those results will last much longer. If your teenager wants to feel confident with a brighter, whiter smile, then please book an appointment with our Houston cosmetic dentists so we can achieve this safely and effectively.