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What are the side effects of at-home teeth whiteners?

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Side effects aren't common when you use at-home products as directed, but they can happen.

Gel-filled trays, which you wear over your teeth like a mouth guard, can also bother your gums if they don't fit well. It’s a good idea to stop using the product if you start having this problem.

Don’t leave the strips or gels on longer than advised -- you might wind up with sore gums and set yourself up for other problems.

From: Teeth Whitening Safety Tips WebMD Medical Reference

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Richard H. Price, DMD, consumer advisor, American Dental Association.

Laurence Rifkin, DDS, Beverly Hills, Calif.

Michael Sesemann, DDS, president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Grace Sun, DDS, West Hollywood, Calif.

American Dental Association: "Tooth Whitening Treatments."

Jorgensen, M. 2002. Journal of the American Dental Association,

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on August 23, 2018

SOURCES:

Richard H. Price, DMD, consumer advisor, American Dental Association.

Laurence Rifkin, DDS, Beverly Hills, Calif.

Michael Sesemann, DDS, president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Grace Sun, DDS, West Hollywood, Calif.

American Dental Association: "Tooth Whitening Treatments."

Jorgensen, M. 2002. Journal of the American Dental Association,

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on August 23, 2018

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