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What age is it ok to start whitening?

I’ve had a number of parents ask me if it’s ok to bleach their kid’s teeth. The ages of these kids range from about 7 years old to around 12 or 13. Our office policy is that we do not do in-office bleaching until age 18. I believe most otc products recommend waiting until age 12. There is a wide range of advice online and everybody I work with has a different opinion. I generally tell parents to wait at least until all child has shed all of their primary teeth. Most of the time it’s the parent’s concern more than the kid’s. I’m just looking for a better explanation and answer to give…..



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OTC in those teen years if you just have to…prescription strength 18+ so its their own choice…parents need to simmah down and let kids grow up and develop before pushing vanity on them…I dont get it…just saying…

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I am with Debbie…if parents placed as much emphasis on good oral hygiene as they do about their child’s teeth being pretty, they would be ahead of the game.

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I would think as soon as they have all permanent teeth they can use OTC or office take home. I have never been a fan of in office whitening. I’m really impressed with the Opal 2 go product.

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I completely agree Sue. We had a mom that would miss bringing her child in for appointments and then when she did finally show up it was all “whitening, whitening, whitening”. I had to carefully explain that good hygiene habits come first and once they are established she could worry about cosmetics. Mind you, the child was 8yo at the time. Mom insisted we schedule a bleaching session (which of course we refused). I explained that she was too young and it shouldn’t be a concern at this age. At her next prophy visit she had of course done otc bleaching on this young girl. I can’t imagine the body image issues she will have growing up 🙁

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