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Can my young teenager have their teeth whitened?

Can my young teenager have their teeth whitened?

Concerned parents often wonder why their child's teeth look yellow or discoloured, and whether teeth whitening could help to address the apparent discolouration? Here's why our dentists at Elgin Corners Dental advise against teeth whitening for children and young teens.


We all want our children to have bright beautiful smiles. For that reason it's not unusual for parents to be concerned if their child's teeth appear yellowish or discoloured. This apparent discolouration can lead parents to wonder whether teeth whitening could help to brighten their child's teeth. Our Surrey dentists strongly advise against teeth whitening for children and young teens.

Adult and Primary Teeth are Naturally Different Colours

Just under the enamel within each tooth there is a layer of a yellowish substance called dentin. Baby teeth (primary teeth) have notably less dentin than in adult teeth.

This larger amount of dentin is what causes adult teeth to naturally appear darker than baby teeth. The darker effect is most noticeable when a child's remaining baby teeth are compared to the newly erupted adult teeth. 

Parents can rest assured that the darker colour of the adult teeth is normal and will be much less noticeable once the child's remaining baby teeth have fallen out.

Teeth Whitening for Children May Not Be Safe

When it comes to the effects of whitening solution on children's dental health, there just isn't enough scientific data available for us to make an informed decision about whether whitening is safe for young smiles. Your child's safety is our primary concern!  That's why our Surrey dentists will only recommend teeth whitening to adults and older teens looking to brighten their smiles.

To find out more about caring for your child's smile, or professional whitening treatments for adults contact us today.

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