In general, teeth whitening is a safe procedure that involves the use of a peroxide-based solution and, when done in the dentist’s office, a special light to remove stains and discoloration. If you are having this procedure completed by a dental professional, you are at the least risk of complications and side effects. If you are whitening at home, be sure to follow all instructions carefully and accurately. The main ingredient in these whitening gels (carbamide peroxide) can be dangerous. You will need to keep this chemical away from your gums, as it can damage them. Teeth whitening dentists are very familiar with the damaging effects whitening gels can have on various parts of your mouth, so it is a good idea to have this treatment completed by a professional if you have safety concerns. Dr. Donald Wilcox, DDS will create a dazzling, attractive smile that will have you grinning for months. Are You a Candidate for At-Home Whitening? Not everyone is a candidate for at-home whitening treatment. If you suffer from periodontal disease, or have open cavities or loose teeth, whitening is not recommended. Home tooth bleaching is designed for people with healthy gums and good oral health. It is a recommended that you have your teeth evaluated before you begin any whitening treatment. If you live in Scottsdale, Arizona and want to whiten your teeth safely and effectively, please contact the Scottsdale teeth whitening dentists at Desert Smiles to learn about your options. We also serve patients in the Peoria, Arizona area.