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Choosing a Teeth Whitening System – Safety and Side Effects

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Smiles are supposed to help you make great first impressions, but yellow teeth can sabotage your efforts. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with tooth discoloration related to age or lifestyle habits. One way to brighten your smile is to invest in either over-the-counter or dentist teeth whitening treatments. A variety of peroxide-based formulas are available for your consideration such as whitening gels, strips or trays, or light-enhanced professional systems that produce fast and dramatic results. Before you decide on a dental whitening treatment, talk to your dentist in Abington, and be sure you understand your risk of side effects associated with teeth bleaching/whitening.

At-Home and Dentist Teeth Whitening Systems: Side Effects

Home dental whitening products have a safe track record, and generally only two side effects are associated with them. The most common side effect is a temporary increase in tooth sensitivity. People who already have sensitive teeth are more likely to find treatments uncomfortable. Sensitivity usually occurs in the early stages of the bleaching process and disappears within one to three days of stopping treatment. The other side effect is mild irritation of the gums and soft tissues of the mouth; this may be related to a poorly fitting mouthpiece or tray. Like sensitivity, it goes away soon after discontinuing treatment. An advantage of choosing a dentist teeth-whitening treatment is the dentist’s ability to supervise the procedure and reduce the risk of side effects, or prevent them entirely by using protective pastes or rubber shields.

Dental Whitening Products: Safety



Teeth bleaching/whitening systems that have received the seal of acceptance by the American Dental Association (ADA) have met established safety and effectiveness guidelines. Only professional, dentist-applied whitening treatments have received the seal so far. The ADA does not endorse home dental whitening kits because they believe professional consultation should always be sought before performing whitening procedures. Not all manufacturers seek approval from the ADA, so not having the ADA seal of acceptance does not necessarily mean a product is unsafe.

To learn more, talk to your dentist in Abington about your dental whitening options.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Abington, call Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS today at (215) 310-5826 or make an appointment.

Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Abington. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS.

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I’m the worst patient. I’ve had to cancel multiple times because of my job. The staff was very understanding and worked with my schedule to fit me in. Dr Machlus is also an excellent dentist!
Charles L.
Consistent quality care
Jonathan R.
Dr. Machlus, did a great job on my teeth. His craftsmanship speaks for itself. It needs no Introduction. The receptionist and aides were outstanding as well. On top there job…not a moment to spare. […]
Donald B.
I have trust and confidence with Dr Finkelman. And the hygentist always does a nice job.
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The entire staff was so friendly. I was seen within an hour of calling for an emergency appointment!
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I was completely satisfied with the service that I received. The doctor and his staff were very friendly and professional. The waiting room was comfortable and the magazine selection was good. Also , […]
Andre S.
Knowledgeable dentist – very efficient in processing an emergency dental need. Clean environment.
Santiago R.
I have always received excellent care and the staff and doctors are always friendly and comforting – Vira -the hygentist-is wonderful and friendly. Doctor Finkelman has been my dentist for over 30 […]
Patricia R.
Being terrified of the dentist, I have never ever said this before, but I had a very pleasant dental experience with Dr. Machlus,, and this was for a root canal,,, not an easy thing to walk away from […]
Randi M.
Awesome Dentist & Staff. I Will Use This Group as My Regular Dentist. The Front Desk Ppl Were Friendly & Helpful and the Dentist Did Not Make My Teeth Hurt or Ache. 2 Thunbs Up To This Group
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They are very friendly, kind and professional and make you feel at ease, they also take the time to explain everything.
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I’m writing on behalf of my mother. I scheduled her an appointment and when she came back all I heard from her ( thank you for finding me this dentist, they are the best. The doctor, and the staff […]
Samya G.
Convenient times, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Have not had to wait more than 5 minutes for any of my numerous appointments.
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Friendly staff and great service!
Thomas H.
It was an extremely positive experience. Everyone was friendly and made me feel welcomed. The doctor was wonderful, would definitely recommend this practice to anyone looking for a dentist in the […]
Marie S.
I’ve been going to this office for many years . Service has always been exceptional! Dr finkelman is awesome!
Janice H.
I have been using your dental service for over 45 years and have worked with Dr. Elkins and now Dr. Finkelman – a couple times with Dr. Machlus. They have been very professional and have met my […]
James A.
Professional office, great tech (Anna) and of course, Dr. Machlus – the best!
Cheryl B.
Dr Machlus is incredibly meticulous and thorough with his work. His kindness and patience is out of this world. I recommend all my friends and family to him !
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My whole family: my husband, I and 3 kids are Dr. Finkelman and Vira’s (the office hygienist) patients for more than 2 years. We always receive great service and appreciate their attention and good […]
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