The Elgin Corners Dental Blog

Can Children & Teens Get Their Teeth Whitened?

Can Children & Teens Get Their Teeth Whitened?

At Elgin Corners Dental, our Surrey dentists advise against teeth whitening for children for a few important reasons.


Every once in a while, an concerned parent will ask us why their children's newly erupting adult teeth look yellow in colour. They wonder if teeth whitening may be needed. Our answer is always no.

There are two important reasons our dentists will not prescribe teeth whitening for children:

1. There probably isn't really a problem.

The yellowish colour of adult teeth is the result of dentin, which is the second layer of the teeth right under the enamel. Erupting adult teeth have much more dentin in them than baby teeth do, and this can make them look significantly more yellow than the remaining baby teeth.

Once all the baby teeth have fallen out, the darker colour of the adult teeth will be much less obvious.

2. We have very little data on the impact whitening products have on developing teeth.

There just isn’t a reliable body of evidence and data available on this subject, and so we can't make an informed decision about whether teeth whitening is safe for children’s teeth.

Instead of risking adverse effects, responsible dentists typically only prescribe teeth whitening for adults, or people in their late teens.

If you have questions about your child’s developing teeth or teeth whitening in general, please contact our Surrey dental office today!

Tips & Advice from Our Team

Read our blog for regular oral health tips and advice from our Surrey dentists.

Treating Sleep Apnea with Dental Appliances

Treating Sleep Apnea with Dental Appliances

People suffering from sleep apnea experience pauses in breathing during sleep. Treatment for sleep apnea is essential because this common condition can lead to a number of negative health effects. Here's how dental appliances can help treat sleep apnea.

Read more

Why should I bother flossing?

Why should I bother flossing?

Some people believe that if they brush their teeth thoroughly they don't need to floss. While brushing twice daily is essential for good oral hygiene, brushing alone may not protect you from gum disease. Here's more about why flossing is important to your oral health.

Read more

View All Posts

Looking for a dentist in South Surrey? We're your team.

Book A Consultation