Teeth whitening has become very popular over the last couple of decades and in turn the assortment and accessibility of bleaching products has greatly increased. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry there are a few situations when teeth whitening can benefit children and adolescents, including:
Discoloration resulting from a traumatic injury;
Irregularities in enamel coloration of a permanent tooth due to trauma or infection of the related primary tooth;
Natural discoloration/staining (e.g., fluorosis); or
A negative self-image due to a discolored tooth or teeth.
The timing of teeth whitening is also very important for children and adolescents. Dr. Luke and Dr. Marshall do not recommended a full arch bleach when a child has both primary and permanent teeth due to the difference in the thickness of enamel. A full arch bleach during this developmental stage would result in the permanent teeth being mismatched once all the permanent teeth have erupted.
If you are concerned about the color of your child’s teeth, please call us to make an appointment to meet with Dr. Luke or Dr. Marshall. They can discuss the advantages of in-office whitening versus at-home whitening products as well as devise a treatment plan based on your child's unique needs.